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

Cedar Creek Battlefield and Belle Grove

 
 
Cedar Creek Battlefield and Belle Grove Markers image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 23, 2020
1. Cedar Creek Battlefield and Belle Grove Markers
Inscription.  
Cedar Creek Battlefield and Belle Grove has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark under the jurisdiction of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935. This site possesses exceptional value in commemorating or illustrating the history of the United States.

To honor President James Madison brother of Eleanor Conway Madison Hite wife of Major Isaac Hite, Jr.

Frederick County Virginia Historic Site
Registration No. 9

 
Erected 1969.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureLandmarksSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #04 James Madison, and the National Historic Landmarks series lists. A significant day of the year for for this entry is May 31.
 
Location. 39° 1.24′ N, 78° 18.224′ W. Marker is in Middletown, Virginia, in Frederick County. Marker is on Belle Grove Road (Virginia Route 727). The marker is located on the exterior wall near the entrance
Belle Grove Plantation Mansion image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 24, 2005
2. Belle Grove Plantation Mansion
Marker is mounted near an entrance door on the side of the porch, to the left of the front stairs in this photo.
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to Belle Grove Plantation mansion. It is a unit of the National Park Service. 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. Old Hall at Belle Grove (within shouting distance of this marker); A Rich Prize (within shouting distance of this marker); In Honor of Joist Hite (1685-1761) (within shouting distance of this marker); Plantation Slavery (within shouting distance of this marker); The Enslaved Burial Ground (about 500 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.
 
Also see . . .  Cedar Creek Battlefield and Belle Grove (pdf file). National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form. (Submitted on May 19, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Additional commentary.
1. Cedar Creek Battlefield and Belle Grove
“Belle Grove was one of the first mansions built in the Shenandoah Valley; it was completed in 1797 for a sister of James Madison and her husband.

In 1864 it was made into Union General Philip Sheridan's headquarters, and served as a focal point for the Battle of Cedar Creek. Cedar Creek
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Battlefield, which extends for miles in every direction from Belle Grove, was the site of the last decisive conflict in the Shenandoah Valley. The Confederate defeat here forced their final retreat from the area, after which General Sheridan devastated it from end to end.” — National Register Form.
    — Submitted May 19, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 23, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 386 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 24, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   2. submitted on February 23, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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