Black History Month Celebration
In association with Belle Grove Plantation, the Warren-Page Branch of the NAACP will celebrate Black History Month on February 4, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
The program will include brief remarks from Belle Grove Plantation and the Warren-Page Branch of the NAACP and celebratory music. Then Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park Ranger Shannon Moeck will lead a 30-minute program, "Kneading in Silence: A Glimpse Into The Life of Judah the Enslaved Cook in the Belle Grove Winter Kitchen." Purchased by the Hites in 1794, Judah remained their cook until her death in 1836.
Belle Grove Plantation was the home of Isaac Hite, Jr. and his first wife Nelly Madison Hite (sister of President James Madison) and second wife Ann Tunstall Maury Hite. Isaac Hite, Jr. owned and lived on the property from 1783 until his death in 1836 and his family continued to live here until the 1850s before selling it in 1860. Family records indicate that Isaac Hite, Jr. owned 276 enslaved individuals. The success of the agriculture and manufacturing on the Plantation would not have been possible without their labor. The staff and board of directors of Belle Grove Plantation are committed to researching the lives of these enslaved people to preserve and present their history.