Belle Grove (Port Conway, Virginia)

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Belle Grove
Belle Grove, Rappahannock River, Port Royal, Caroline County, VA.jpg
Historic American Buildings Survey, 1941
Belle Grove (Port Conway, Virginia) is located in Northern Virginia
Belle Grove (Port Conway, Virginia)
Belle Grove (Port Conway, Virginia) is located in Virginia
Belle Grove (Port Conway, Virginia)
Belle Grove (Port Conway, Virginia) is located in the United States
Belle Grove (Port Conway, Virginia)
LocationPort Conway, Virginia
Coordinates38°10′45″N 77°11′19″W / 38.1793°N 77.1885°W / 38.1793; -77.1885Coordinates: 38°10′45″N 77°11′19″W / 38.1793°N 77.1885°W / 38.1793; -77.1885
Area380 acres (150 ha)
Built1790 (1790)
NRHP reference No.73002029[1]
VLR No.048-0027
Significant dates
Added to NRHPApril 11, 1973
Designated VLRSeptember 19, 1972[2]

Belle Grove is an historic plantation located on U.S. Route 301 in Port Conway, Virginia. The present plantation house was built in 1790.[1]

James Madison, the fourth President of the United States, was born on March 16, 1751, at Belle Grove plantation in an earlier house which no longer stands. Belle Grove plantation was also the childhood home of his mother, Eleanor Rose "Nellie" Conway. Her father Francis Conway was the namesake for Port Conway.[3][4][5]

Birthplace of Madison historical marker (erected 1971) on US 301 in front of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. His birthplace was 400 yards (370 m) away in a house that no longer stands.

On April 11, 1973, Belle Grove was added to the National Register of Historic Places.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Archived from the original on 2013-09-21. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  3. ^ Waymarking historical marker
  4. ^ James Madison data
  5. ^ "1939 WPA Guide". Archived from the original on 2016-08-29. Retrieved 2008-06-28.

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