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Kneading in Silence: A Glimpse into the Life of the Enslaved Cook Judah

June 12 @ 2:30 PM

This 30-minute presentation discusses the life of Judah, the enslaved cook of Belle Grove. Purchased by the Hites with her two young boys, Judah remained the Hites’ cook until her death in 1836. This program is conducted by Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park Ranger Shannon Moeck. It will take place in the winter kitchen of the Belle Grove Manor House (enter under the front porch).

In 2022, this program will also be conducted on:
Thursday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. (registration required)
Sunday, July 3 at 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 21 at 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 4 at 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 16 at 2:30 p.m.

Unless otherwise noted, this program is free of charge but regular admission applies to tour the Manor House before the program (at 1:15) or after the program (at 3:15). Purchase admission to tour the Manor House in the Welcome Center when you arrive.

This compelling program inspired an historical novel by Dr. Brian C. Johnson, Send Judah First: The Erased Life of an Enslaved Soul published in August 2019 by Hidden Shelf Publishing House. It is available on Amazon.


June 12
2:30 PM
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Belle Grove Plantation
336 Belle Grove Rd.
Middletown, VA 22656 US
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