#1 Most Haunted Plantation, with exclusive access to the most haunted areas!
Event Starts at: 7:00pm
Event Finishes at: 3:00am
The Belle Grove Plantation is a location that both chills the bone and pleases the eye. As featured on SyFy’s Ghost Hunters, over three hundred years of rich history has left a haunting and eerie impression on the old plantation and the spirits of generations past still linger within the walls waiting to tell you their stories.
The property itself dates back to the late 1600’s where a tobacco plantation occupied approximately 1000 acres. Our fourth President, James Madison, Jr. was born on Belle Grove plantation and his mother’s family owned the property for many years. The land and current mansion have laid witness to the forging and growth of a nation from the Colonies to the American Revolution to the Civil War and beyond. There should be no surprise that the blood spilled upon the earth and the civil uprising would leave a lasting impression. But probably the most notable hauntings are those of the families who lived, loved and died on the land.
Full-bodied apparitions of Union Soldiers guarding the entrance, walking the grounds and lurking in the hallways have been witnessed by many guests and visitors. The Union Army used several plantations in the area as Headquarters, commandeering the homes from their Confederate owners. Due to the lack of bullet holes and the fact it wasn’t burned to the ground and that the Turner family relocated suggests that Belle Grove Plantation may have been one of these locations.
Guests have also seen and interacted with at least two ghost cats. Their vocal cries, brushing past people’s legs and even curling up on the pillow beside the guests as they sleep at night. The phantom felines are still seeking someone to scratch their ears.
The mischievous Jacob is a spirit of a small boy that many people have encountered. He likes to nick items from the kitchen, bounce balls up and down the hallway whilst guests are sleeping, and hide around the corners. There have been EVPs (electronic voice phenomena) captured of the young boy by several paranormal investigators. Is he just looking for a good time? Perhaps you’d like to engage in a game of hide-and-seek with him!
Orbs, light anomalies, shadow figures, full-blown apparitions, lights turning on of their own volition, phantom whistling, disembodied voices—if you’re ready to experience a crossroads of spirits then the Belle Grove Plantation is waiting for you. The only question remains—are you brave enough to do a lone vigil with the Union Soldiers standing guard over the property?
The Belle Grove Plantation that now stands was originally constructed in 1791 in King George County, Virginia. The property, however, dates back to 1670 serving as a tobacco plantation across approximately 1000 acres. Over the last three centuries, this historic home has witnessed the forging and growth of a nation—a silent stalwart in the face of the chaos of war, a homestead for agricultural industry and multiple families. But this beautiful Southern plantation is no longer holding her peace. The spirits that linger on the property and mansion are ready to tell the stories of days long past and you will not want to miss out on the opportunity to hear what she has to say.
Prior to the mansion that now stands at Belle Grove, the plantation began its quiet journey of influence over the colonies. On March 16, 1751, Eleanor (Nelly) Rose Madison, nee Conway, gave birth to our 4th President of the United States of America, James Madison, Jr. at Belle Grove. It is said that it was shortly after his birth that the plantation burned to the ground and Nelly’s parents relocated while the property was rebuilt.
During this time the Belle Grove plantation was owned by the Conway family, Captain Francis Conway’s eldest son, Francis Fitzhugh Conway, was involved in a duel with his cousin, William Thorton. In 1803, the two cousins both fancied Nelly Madison (President James Madison’s niece). In an effort to impress the young woman, Francis had procured an elaborate saddle to be placed upon his horse to catch Nelly’s eye when the groomsmen brought the horse around. However, when the horses were presented the saddle had been taken and placed upon his rival’s horse, his cousin William’s. In an attempt to defend his honor, Francis challenged his cousin to a duel at Alum Springs.
William and Francis shot one another during the duel. Francis died shortly after but William lingered for two days. It is rumored that Elizabeth Conway, Francis’ mother, dreamt of her son’s death the night it occurred. Imagine waking to find that your worst nightmare had become true.
The Conway family sold the Belle Grove Plantation to John Hipkins in 1790. John gifted the plantation to his only daughter, Fanny, and his son-in-law William. After giving birth to four children, Fanny died on April 30, 1801, 2 weeks shy of her 25th birthday. She was buried on the property in “mother’s garden” only to be joined in death by her 6-year-old daughter 2 years later.
In 1839, Belle Grove Plantation changed hands once more being purchased by the Turner Family for $11,000. A wise business man, Carolinus Turner knew how to turn a profit. By 1861, he owned 92 slaves, had a young family and wife, a live-in teacher named Mary Morrison and his assets were listed in the census as $272,500 in property alone. But Belle Grove Plantation had another important role to play in the history of our nation that would change everything for the Turner family.
The Rappahannock River runs alongside of Belle Grove Plantation and several other plantations that were located in the area. A pivotal point along the river was just below, the port of Port Royal which became essential to the struggle of the Civil War. As one may imagine, the area around Belle Grove Plantation threw in its lot with the Confederate States of America. Those who relied upon the agricultural industry did not see an economic future without the use of slaves to work the fields.
Port Royal became essential to the Confederates for running supplies down to the battlefronts in Fredericksburg and as far as Richmond. When the Union forces discovered the strategic location, prisoners were captured and several boats were destroyed including the ferry at Port Conway across the river from Port Royal. The Confederates answered the attack with four gunboats that forced the Union fleet back down the river. But they had not given up. They returned with the Union Navy and began to unleash a shelling of bullets upon the people of Port Royal. After many skirmishes, an ultimatum from the Union forces and the need for the Confederate Army to refocus their forces in Fredericksburg, General Lee sent in reinforcements to protect the people of Port Royal.
Back at Belle Grove, Carolinus Turner was a tried and true Confederate during the war and upon researching his records a pardon issued by President Johnson was located. When the Union Army occupied Port Royal many families were forced from their plantations and homes, the Turners were among them. The family did return and Belle Grove Plantation had one more infamous role in the Civil War. After John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln in Ford’s Theatre, there was a massive pursuit laid to capture Booth and his accomplice. During the pursuit, half the regiment took respite at Belle Grove Plantation, receiving food and much needed rest.
Carolinus fell to consumption (tuberculosis) in 1876. Belle Grove Plantation remained in his family until 1893 when the property was bought by John Tayloe Thorton, a young wealthy bachelor, for $9,900. His motive was to impress a young woman whose hand he was seeking in marriage. It seems, however, that his good intentions were met with a definitive, “no.” Thorton did eventually marry and he and his wife did lose a two-month-old baby during their time in the home. They occupied Belle Grove Plantation until Thornton sold the property to Mr. J.F. Jack for $22,000. In 1916, Captain Jack sold Belle Grove and its adjoining plantation (Walsingham) to the South and West Improvement Company for $150,000. The properties were separated and Belle Grove Plantation changed hands again in 1930 being bought by the Hooker Family for $45,000. And finally the property was in 1986 by the Haas Company with a dream of restoring Belle Grove to her glory.
With such a rich history, there is no wonder that Belle Grove Plantation has had its wealth of paranormal occurrences. A cross-section of history has presented spirits from the Colonies, the American Revolution, the Civil War and all the eras in between and since. From full-bodied apparitions of Union Soldiers to the two ghost cats that have been spotted and heard on the property—the Belle Grove Plantation is waiting on guests who are willing to listen as she tells her story.
Your ghost hunt at Bell Grove Plantation includes the following:
- Exclusive Access to The Plantation's Grounds,
- Exclusive Access to The Basement,
- Exclusive Access to the "Four" Most Haunted Rooms,
- Overnight Ghost Hunting,
- Small Group Vigils,
- You will be ghost hunting in the most active areas of this very haunted location,
- Exclusive access to areas that aren't available to the public,
- Ghost Hunt with experienced Ghost Hunting Team,
- Use of our equipment which includes, trigger objects and EMF Meters,
- Unlimited refreshments available throughout the night including: Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Coca Cola, Diet Coke, and Bottled Water.
- Selection of snacks.
Guests are strongly advised to bring extra warm clothing with them.