Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park became the 388th unit of the United States National Park Service when it was authorized on December 19, 2002. The National Historical Park was created to protect several historically significant locations in the Shenandoah Valley of Northern Virginia, notably the site of the American Civil War Battle of Cedar Creek and the Belle Grove Plantation.

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park
The Belle Grove manor house
LocationFrederick, Shenandoah, and Warren counties, Virginia, USA
Nearest cityMiddletown, Virginia
Coordinates39°10′03″N 78°18′03″W
Area3,712 acres (1,502 ha)[1]
EstablishedDecember 19, 2002
Governing bodyNational Park Service in partnership with the NTHP
WebsiteCedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park
Cedar Creek Battlefield and Belle Grove
Coordinates39°0′44″N 78°18′16″W
ArchitectHite, Isaac
Architectural styleFederal
NRHP reference #69000243[2]
VLR #034-0002
Significant dates
Added to NRHPAugust 11, 1969
Designated NHLDAugust 11, 1969[3]
Designated NHPDecember 19, 2002
Designated VLRNovember 5, 1968[4]

Although there are over 3,700 acres within the park's authorized boundary, over half of this is still privately owned. Much of the battlefield is not accessible to the public, but the park offers ranger-led and self-guided driving tours of the battlefield via public roads. Nearly all of the remaining land (approximately 1,500 acres) and buildings are preserved and administered by partner sites which predate the park. Since summer 2010, the park has offered interpretive ranger programs at key partner sites, including Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation headquarters, Belle Grove Plantation, and Hupp's Hill Civil War Park. The Civil War Trust (a division of the American Battlefield Trust) and its federal, state and local partners have acquired and preserved 661 acres (2.67 km2) of the battlefield, some of which has been acquired by the National Park Service and incorporated into the park.[5]

In 2012, the park acquired land on which sits a monument to the 8th Vermont Infantry and now offers access through semi-regular programs at the site. In March 2013, the park opened a Visitor Contact Station in Middletown, Virginia, featuring interpretive exhibits and information on how visitors can experience the park.

The Cedar Creek Battlefield and Belle Grove is also a U.S. National Historic Landmark.[3] and the 900-acre (360 ha) "Cedar Creek Battlefield and Belle Grove" is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The plantation house of Belle Grove (1797) is open to the public and operates independently as part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The listed area is in Frederick County and Warren County.[6]

See also


  1. "Listing of acreage as of December 31, 2011". Land Resource Division, National Park Service. Retrieved 2012-12-26.
  2. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  3. "Cedar Creek Battlefield and Belle Grove Plantation". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2010-06-04.
  4. "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Archived from the original on 2013-09-21. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  5. American Battlefield Trust "Saved Land" webpage. Accessed May 25, 2018.
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