Middletown in Frederick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Old Hall at Belle Grove
When Isaac Hite, Jr. and Nelly Conway Madison of Montpelier were married in 1783, they received from his father a 48-acre tract that became the centerpiece of Belle Grove Plantation. Old Hall, as it is known today, was already in place at the time.
Until construction of Belle Grove's Manor House was completed in 1797, Isaac and Nelly made their home in Old Hall and it was here that their children were born.
Old Hall hosted the newlyweds James and Dolley Madison when they visited Belle Grove during their honeymoon in 1794 and it is thought to have housed the older Hite sons and their tutors in the early 1800s. Historical photographs and archeological evidence have shown that Old Hall was a substantial two-story structure set on a foundation that measured about 25 by 40 feet and that it had a steeply pitched roof and a sizeable cellar.
Excavation in the cellar and foundation area brought to light many early 19th-century artifacts, cutlery and ceramic shards, and also found ample evidence of a Civil War campsite which included belt buckles, canteens, and bullets. Only the stone foundation of Old Hall remains.
Erected by Hite Family Association.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #04 James Madison series list.
Location. 39° 1.254′ N, 78° 18.258′ W. Marker is in Middletown, Virginia, in Frederick County. Marker is on Belle Grove Road (Virginia Route 727) 0.2 miles south of Meadow Mills Road (Virginia Route 624), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 336 Belle Grove Rd, Middletown VA 22645, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Rich Prize (a few steps from this marker); In Honor of Joist Hite (1685-1761) (a few steps from this marker); Cedar Creek Battlefield and Belle Grove (within shouting distance of this marker); Plantation Slavery (within shouting distance of this marker); The Enslaved Burial Ground (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Plantation Office & Store (about 800 feet away); Battle of Cedar Creek 1864 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ramseur Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Middletown.
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 24, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 39 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 24, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.