If you’re a history buff, a special Virginia B and B awaits

This is a touching post about Belle Grove Plantation and our efforts to bring it to the public. Please enjoy.

Churchmouse Campanologist

As Americans — and many overseas visitors — know, the state of Virginia is steeped in history.

Just before Christmas, I wrote about Advent and Christmas in Colonial America. Much of the content for that post came from Michelle Darnell, co-proprietor with her husband Brett of the Belle Grove Plantation Bed and Breakfast in King George County on the banks of the Rappahannock River.

Belle Grove was where President James Madison was born and grew up. The original house where he was born burned down but a new mansion was erected late in 1791. Subsequently, a series of other families owned it.

At the time I wrote the Christmas post, Michelle and her husband Brett were awaiting final permissions to open the plantation as a bed and breakfast. Earlier this year, they succeeded and their first paying guests arrived at the beginning of August. Visit their website to discover…

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