Belle Grove Plantation will begin a gradual reopening on Thursday, June 11, 2020 after adhering to Commonwealth of Virginia’s Executive Orders that closed museums and other businesses due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
In the initial two weeks of reopening, Belle Grove’s grounds and Beverley B. Shoemaker Welcome Center (which includes the Museum Shop, exhibits, and restrooms) will be open Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Belle Grove will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission to the grounds and Welcome Center will be free of charge June 11-25.
Docents and staff will be available outdoors to interact with visitors and offer 30-minute programs on various aspects of Belle Grove’s history at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. (schedule may be found at www.bellegrove.org). Belle Grove has picnic tables arranged at safe physical distance. There are self-guided brochures of the grounds and outdoor signage that interpret the property. No pets are permitted on the grounds.
The Commonwealth of Virginia’s Executive Order 65 limits the number of guests on the property to 50. In order to implement six feet of physical distance between customers, only 10 guests will be permitted in the Welcome Center at a time. They are asked to follow a one-way pattern through the Museum Shop and safe distance from other patrons while shopping and looking at exhibits. Guests are required to wear masks over their nose and mouth indoors (per Executive Order 63). Personnel in the Welcome Center will also be wearing masks and the point-of-sale station is behind a plexiglass screen. A hand-sanitizer station is available for guests upon entering the building and Belle Grove will be following extra cleaning protocols.
“We are delighted to welcome visitors back to Belle Grove,” said Executive Director. “We have all been living through extraordinary moments in our nation’s history these past months and we are pleased to offer a place for reflection, conversation, and education.”
Belle Grove is closely monitoring guidance from health and government officials, but at this time, anticipates resuming Manor House tours on Friday, June 26. Tours will be limited to 10 guests and will be modified to accommodate physical distancing. The tour lasts one hour and will be offered every hour at :15 minutes past each hour. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, the first tour begins at 10:15 a.m. and the last tour begins at 3:15 p.m. On Sundays, the first tour begins at 1:15 p.m. and the last tour begins at 4:15 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for students, with $1 off for seniors, military, and AAA members. Belle Grove members receive complimentary admission and National Trust for Historic Preservation members have admission of $6.
Guests are encourage to check www.bellegrove.org or call 540-869-2028 for updates before planning a visit. The website also lists the status of special events scheduled for this summer at Belle Grove.
The Board of Directors and staff of Belle Grove Plantation are grateful for the ongoing support of its donors and members during this challenging time. In addition, they thank the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation for funding through its Historic Sites Emergency Grant Fund and Virginia Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Humanities Relief Grant Program.
About Belle Grove
Belle Grove Plantation is located off Route 11 at 336 Belle Grove Road just south of Middletown, Virginia 22645 and is conveniently located to I-81 (use exit 302) and I-66. Belle Grove Plantation is a non-profit historic house museum that is a National Trust for Historic Preservation historic site (www.savingplaces.org). Belle Grove is also one of the partners in Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park (www.nps.gov/cebe).
“Socktober” – A sock drive for the Thermal Shelter
It’s not too late to still participate in “Socktober!” The Thermal Shelter of Front Royal is getting started back up again. For those of you who do not know, the Thermal Shelter provides a safe warm place for our local homeless to sleep, receive a warm meal, and get a few supplies… like SOCKS! We are currently collecting NEW SOCKS for the Thermal Shelter 2020/21 winter.
This video was created for LFK Elementary School. If you have a student at LFK, they are currently hosting “Socktober”. Please send new socks in with your Lil’cats. If not, please feel free to drop your donation off at the Warren County Department of Social Services: 465 W 15th St, Front Royal, VA 22630.
Show your support for the Warren County High School Band with their annual Fruit Sale Fundraiser
Purchase healthy, grove fresh fruit from Florida Indian River Groves.
Warren County High School Band is beginning our Fruit Sale Fundraiser to help raise needed funds for our organization. Please show your support by purchasing fresh fruit for you, your family and friends to enjoy over the holidays! To place your order online, simply CLICK HERE.
After placing your online order, you will receive a receipt for your purchase via email. You will also be contacted via email regarding delivery and/or pickup options. Please retain a copy of your receipt for your records.
This year, we plan on being able to handle customers who have purchased online with touchless pickup by just having you pop the trunk, and we will place it in there for you.
For those who pre-order but plan to pay at pick up, you may use cash, check, or credit card on site.
For any additional questions, please contact our Fruit Sale Chairperson:
- Chairperson: David Dingess
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Humane Society’s Polar Plunge event registration now open
Join us for our second Annual Polar Plunge! Help our warm, lovely shelter animals by encouraging friends and family to sponsor your plunge! For more information on the event, please reach out to Meghan with the Humane Society — contact info below.
- CLICK HERE to register.
- January 16th, 2021
- 4H Center Culpeper Lake
- We are also welcoming sponsors to join us this year.
- Please reach out to Meghan at email@example.com or 540-635-4734 for details!
9th annual Tails and Ales fundraising event to be held virtually on Saturday, November 14th
The Humane Society of Warren County… “Providing compassion and care for the animals of Warren County since 1947.”
Join the Humane Society of Warren County on Saturday, November 14th, for our 9th annual Tails and Ales fundraising event. Tickets are only $10 as we are going virtual in 2020. We will hold an online auction, and your ticket purchase gets you the link to our bidding site and entry into the door and grand prize drawings. Grand prize includes a one-night stay at the beautiful Mimslyn Inn, dinner for two, tickets to Luray Caverns, a $100 VISA gift card and two Tails and Ales souvenir glasses.
You must provide your email address when purchasing tickets. We will send you a link to the bidding site (Bid Beacon) two weeks prior to the event to preview baskets. The auction will begin on November 14th, and end on November 16th. 50/50 tickets will be sold directly from Bid Beacon.
Tickets can be purchased in person at the Humane Society of Warren County, located at 1245 Progress Drive, Front Royal, over the phone by calling 540-635-4734 ext 221, or directly from our website.
HSWC would like to thank our sponsors: Front Royal Federal Credit Union, Caroline Craig and Peace of Mind Pet Sitting!
Veteran benefits application assistance offered this Friday at Able Forces
Military and Veteran families are welcome to come by the Able Forces Foundation office if you have issues with VA benefits, or need assistance or guidance on issues. Andre Miller of the Department of Veterans Services, and Danielle Cullers, our area’s Homeless Advocate, will be at our office from 9AM to Noon on Friday, October 23, 2020.
Please call for an appointment if possible: 540-631-9600. Our office is located at 115 Chester Street, Suite B, in Front Royal. Strict COVID protocols will be followed.
This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of October 23rd
Are you looking for the full movie-going experience without having to wait in the long lines that often accompany that experience? Then look no further because Royal Cinemas movie theatre is the answer. Get the whole gang together and enjoy a movie! We are continuing to practice “6 Foot Social Distancing” with 50% capacity reserved seating in all auditoriums.
Here is a list of this week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of Friday, October 23:
Ticket prices are as follows:
- Adult: $9
- Child (under 12): $6
- Military: $7
- Student (college): $7
- Senior: $7
- Matinees, All Seating: $6
Other movies coming soon to Royal Cinemas:
- “Come Play”
- “Croods 2”
- “Free Guy”
- “Let Him Go”