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Near Middletown in Frederick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Old Hall at Belle Grove

 
 
Old Hall at Belle Grove Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, June 25, 2006
1. Old Hall at Belle Grove Marker
Inscription. In 1783, Isaac Hite, Jr. married Nelly Madison Hite of Montpelier, and acquired by grant from his father the 483 acre tract that was to become the center of Belle Grove Plantation. Until the elegant manor house was built between 1794 and 1797, the young couple lived in “Old Hall,” an earlier home on the property.

Only the foundation of Old Hall remains today, but it was the seat of Isaac Hite, Jr.'s plantation estate in the early years. Through archaeological excavations and historic photographs, Old Hall has been identified as a substantial limestone structure, two stories high, set on a foundation measuring about 25x40 feet, together with the later addition of extra space and a second chimney. The building had a pitched roof and a sizable cellar. Old Hall is thought to have been used as a residence for the older male Hite children and their tutors in the early 1800's. Excavation of the cellar and surrounding foundation has yielded early 19th century domestic artifacts such as spoons and ceramic sherds, and ample evidence of a Civil War campsite, including canteens, belt buckles and bullets.
This exhibit was made possible through the generous support of the Hite Family Association
 
Erected by Hite Family Association.
 
Location.
Old Hall at Belle Grove Marker image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, November 14, 2015
2. Old Hall at Belle Grove Marker
39° 1.253′ N, 78° 18.262′ W. Marker is near Middletown, Virginia, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from Belle Grove Road (Virginia Route 727) half a mile west of Valley Pike (U.S. 11). Click for map. The marker is on the grounds of Belle Grove Plantation beside the first parking lot just southeast of the barn. Marker is at or near this postal address: 336 State Route 727, Middletown VA 22645, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cedar Creek Battlefield and Belle Grove (within shouting distance of this marker); Ramseur Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Battle of Cedar Creek (approx. half a mile away); Tomb Of An Unknown Soldier (approx. half a mile away); Union Camps (approx. half a mile away); Battlefield Center (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Battle of Cedar Creek (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Battle of Cedar Creek (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Middletown.
 
More about this marker. On the upper left is a photo of "Old Hall as it appeared in 1885." On the lower right is a diagram of the "Excavations south barn lot" at "Belle Grove 1974".
 
Also see . . .
1. Belle Grove Plantation. (Submitted on July 14, 2011.)
Old Hall Foundation Excavations image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, June 25, 2006
3. Old Hall Foundation Excavations
Panorama of two photos showing excavations of Old Hall in front of an outbuilding.

2. Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation. (Submitted on July 14, 2011.)
 
Additional keywords. Cedar Creek, battle, Sheridan
 
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
 
Site of the Old Hall at Belle Grove image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, November 14, 2015
4. Site of the Old Hall at Belle Grove
Belle Grove Plantation House image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, June 25, 2006
5. Belle Grove Plantation House
 
 
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