February 14-17 will mark “Winterfest 2014 in the Northern Neck” and include a long weekend of events celebrating recreation in the Northern Neck in winter, and the Presidential legacy of the region where three Presidents were born. All ten wineries in the Northern Neck will be open for tours, tastings and cherry-themed delicacies. Outdoor events will feature geocaching at Belle Isle State Park, the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail Sweetheart Half-Marathon, “Stratford Under Your Feet” guided fossil walk at Stratford Hall, and a “Menokin Illuminated” moonlit walk of the grounds surrounding the home of Francis Lightfoot Lee outside Warsaw. The Second Friday Art Walk will be held at Colonial Beach, and the Owl Prowl will take place at Caledon State Park. On Monday, George Washington Birthplace National Monument will be celebrating Washington’s Birthday with cake and living history demonstrations, in addition to hosting 4-H activities at the Birthplace.
Inside events will include Tidewater Oyster Growers Association’s oyster-growing demonstration tanks at the Visitors Center at Westmoreland State Park, a book-signing of Vanessa Wedding’s An Uncivilized Yankee at Oak Crest Winery, a Valentine’s Dinner at Jacey Winery, and productions of Boeing Boeing at the Lancaster Players Theatre in White Stone. Various heritage guilds – blacksmithing, woodworking, and spinners and weavers – will be active at Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern in Heathsville.
For details on a specific event, please contact the attraction where the event is to be held, as some events charge fees and require registration. For a complete schedule of events on the four-day weekend, visit northernneck.org or call 804.333.1919.
Belle Grove Plantation will be participating this year!
No Ordinary Valentine Vows at Belle Grove Plantation
February 14th – February 15th
Find your perfect setting for your Valentine’s Day Elopement Ceremony at our elegant Southern Plantation. Choose from standing on the bluff overlooking the river or the upstairs balcony with the spectacular sunset coloring the evening sky, or if you’d prefer you can stay inside using the original fireplace in the Parlor as your backdrop.
Elopement Ceremonies will be scheduled
Friday, February 14th from 5pm to 7pm
Saturday, February 15th from 1pm to 5pm
Cost for the Elopement Ceremony – $100
Schedule your Elopement Ceremony and be entered in a drawing for a free Photography Session with Chamberlin Photography at Belle Grove Plantation!
To schedule your Elopement Ceremony, email us at information@BelleGrovePlantation.com or call us at 540-621-7340
Book a Suite for the evening and your Elopement Ceremony is free!
Presidential Book Drive
Come Tour Belle Grove Plantation during the Northern Neck Winterfest with a book for our historic library and get your tour for free!
We are still building our historic library at Belle Grove Plantation and we are in need of books about President James Madison and the Founding Fathers and Mothers. You may also bring books about the American Revolution or the Constitution.
Remember to inscribe your book in the front with your name, where you are from and the date of your donation so you become part of the history of this wonderful plantation!
Belle Grove Plantation is open for Tours Daily from 12pm to 3pm
If you can’t make it for a tour, but would still like to donate a book or two,
Please send your donations to
Belle Grove Plantation Bed and Breakfast
9221 Belle Grove Drive
King George, Virginia 22485
We hope to see you during Winterfest!