Here comes another early blog from my list, and one that I just restored to my follows. I’m not sure how it got taken off of my follow list, although I have been known to click tabs and such without realizing what the consequences might be. I don’t think that I really noticed that this historically related blog was MIA because I typically follow Michelle and Brett of Belle Grove Plantation Bed & Breakfast on Facebook.
I discovered Michelle’s early blog on a search for vacation bed & breakfast locations a few years ago. It must have been on one of those days when I was dreaming of adventure, and musing on things to see and do on the opposite coast. I limit my flying so perhaps I was contemplating a long road trip. I have always wanted to visit some of the historically important areas of the United States. New England is high on my list, as well as some of the south so I surmise that some sort of related search led me to this blog.
When I first encountered Belle Grove and Michelle in 2012, her entire focus was getting all the governmental documents approved to be listed as, and used for, the purpose of a historical B&B location. She wrote often of the struggles and regulation hurdles that she was jumping over to bring her goal to fruition. The plantation house was in need of repair, as well as the surrounding lands, so her journey was just beginning even when she won the approval to go ahead as a bona fide business.
Michelle has since worked diligently to restore the plantation house itself with period antiques. Many of her posts and Facebook updates take readers on her adventures to antique auctions and stores. She and Brett, their children, and countless volunteers have logged hour upon hour in this restoration process and Michelle is amazing in her willingness to share pictures of every step of the process. Reading her blog and Facebook page has given me the opportunity to feel as if I have personally visited so much of Belle Grove without ever setting foot in Virginia.
I believe that since its opening Belle Grove has maintained a steady stream of overnight guests. Living in an area of Virginia that is historically valuable and uses that validity to its advantage in community activities has helped Belle Grove to establish itself as a destination. Michelle makes certain that the B&B is represented in the social activities of their community, has created a network of business associates who service the plantation, and has willingly encouraged the use of Belle Grove for local large-scale events as well as private and more personal festivities such as weddings and anniversary weekends.
Michelle has also spent countless hours researching the history of Belle Grove Plantation with its presidential connections and maintains that history through living reenactments and events.
If you are a history enthusiast, are looking for a quiet location for a weekend getaway, need a spectacular place for an event, want to do some ghost hunting, or just want to follow Michelle’s personal journal detailing her journey and commitment to this historical restoration, then I highly believe you will find something of interest in the Belle Grove blog.
Give yourself plenty of time though, as you explore the blog. I would suggest that you start from the beginning to really connect with the complete story of Belle Grove in both words and pictures. It’s entirely worth the effort.
And, of course you have to come to know Hurley-the official plantation dog.