Saturday afternoon found our little historic house group at Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown, Virginia. Nestled in the foothills of the Shenandoah Mountains, the house was built by Major Isaac Hite (who married James Madison's sister Nelly). Completed in 1797, it is a delightful example of Jeffersonian Palladian architecture. I loved the T-shaped floor plan and simple, but elegant rooms (particularly the sitting room, above). The grounds are extensive, and feature an ice house and smokehouse (built 1815), dairy (a reconstruction of the original, which was destroyed by fire), and a slave cemetery. And of course, the setting is stunning (and I'll give you a peek at that tomorrow!).
For now...happy monday!