Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP would not be possible without the tireless work of its dedicated partners in the Shenandoah Valley. These partner organizations work together to promote the history of these sites, protect the endangered historic resources, and interpret these landmarks, particularly the Cedar Creek Battlefield and Belle Grove Plantation. Visit the links below to learn more about these partners and find out how you can get involved to help protect this park.
Belle Grove Incorporated
Belle Grove Plantation is a historic house museum located south of Middletown, Virginia in the heart of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.
The Manor House was completed in 1797 and is built of locally quarried limestone. Thomas Jefferson is said to have advised on the design of the home and his influence is apparent. In October 1864, Belle Grove was the epicenter of the Civil War Battle of Cedar Creek. Today this Shenandoah Valley treasure is preserved as a non-profit historic house museum operated by Belle Grove, Inc. Belle Grove Plantation is one of several historic sites of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and a partner in the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park.
Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation
The Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation (CCBF) is a non-profit organization headquartered in Middletown, Virginia.
CCBF was formed in 1988 to acquire, protect and preserve lands and physical objects relating to the Battle of Cedar Creek, and to interpret them for the educational benefit of scholars and the general public. Since its inception, the CCBF has acquired 345 acres of core battlefield land. In addition to preserving large portions of the Cedar Creek battlefield, CCBF owns and operates a headquarters near Belle Grove Plantation and a visitor center Hupp’s Hill in Strasburg. Each year, CCBF hosts reenactments of the Battle of Cedar Creek in Middletown, which is among the largest Civil War reenactments in the country.
National Park Service
In 2002, Congress established Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park to commemorate the rich history of the Shenandoah Valley, including a nationally significant Civil War landscape and antebellum plantation.
The park encompasses approximately 3,700 acres across three counties and is administered as a public and private partnership with the National Park Service and five key land-owning partners. Private citizens, local non-profits and national entities have worked tirelessly to protect more than 1,500 acres of historic land for perpetuity, including the 1797 Belle Grove manor house and pristine Civil War battlefield land. The National Park Service currently owns 87 acres at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP.
Shenandoah County Parks and Recreation
Shenandoah County Parks and Recreation (SCPR) is part of Shenandoah County Government.
SCPR was founded in 1974 by the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors and full-service parks and recreation department, providing programming, events, and facilities for all ages. In 2002, Shenandoah County purchased 151 acres of land just outside of Strasburg, currently known as the Keister Tract, within the boundary of the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, and already has a Master Plan in place. The department hopes to develop this site, in phases, over the next 15-20 years in line with the national park’s General Management Plan to include both active and passive recreation, historical and environmental interpretation, and general open space. While this acreage is not core battlefield, it is ideal for interpreting Civil War troop movement, the use of Signal Knob as a signal station, and preserving open space and protected species such as the Shale Barren Ragwort.
Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation
In 1996, Congress designated eight counties in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia as a National Heritage Area — the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District — which preserves and interprets the region’s significant Civil War battlefields and related historic sites.
The effort is led by the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, which works with partners to preserve the hallowed ground of the Valley’s Civil War battlefields, including Cedar Creek, to share its Civil War story with the nation, and to encourage tourism and travel to the Valley’s Civil War sites. To date, Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation has preserved 719 acres of battlefield at Cedar Creek.
Civil War Trust
The Civil War Trust is America’s largest non-profit organization devoted to the preservation of our nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields.
The Trust also promotes educational programs and heritage tourism initiatives to inform the public of the war’s history and the fundamental conflicts that sparked it. The Trust has saved approximately 21,000 acres of hallowed ground across Virginia, including 621 acres at Cedar Creek.
National Parks Conservation Association
The National Parks Conservation Association, NPCA, is an independent nonpartisan nonprofit organization that works to establish, protect and enhance America’s national parks.
Created in 1919 by Stephen Mather, the first director of the National Park Service, NPCA battles major threats to the 402 national parks across the country to keep them unimpaired for present and future generations. NPCA and its one million members and supporters are committed to preserving the nation’s natural, cultural, and historical heritage. NPCA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Office staff was instrumental in advocating for the creation of Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park in 2002 and continues to support the park and its partners today. In addition to its national headquarters in Washington, D.C., NPCA has 24 regional field offices throughout the United States.
National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately funded nonprofit organization that works to save America’s historic places.
The Trust takes direct, on-the-ground action when historic sites are threatened. Its work helps build vibrant, sustainable communities. The Trust facilitates public participation in the preservation of sites, buildings and objects of national significance or interest. It advocates with governments to save America’s heritage, and strives to create a cultural legacy that is as diverse as the nation itself so everyone can take pride in their part of the American story. The Trust represents America’s vast architectural, social and cultural history and diversity through its 27 Historic Sites, including Belle Grove Plantation.