|Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park|
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
The Belle Grove manor house
|Location||Frederick, Shenandoah, and Warren counties, Virginia, USA|
|Nearest city||Middletown, Virginia|
|Area||3,712 acres (1,502 ha)|
|Established||December 19, 2002|
|Governing body||National Park Service in partnership with the NTHP.|
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.
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.
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. 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.
- "Listing of acreage as of December 31, 2011". Land Resource Division, National Park Service. http://irma.nps.gov/Stats/DownloadFile/107. Retrieved 2012-12-26.
- "Cedar Creek Battlefield and Belle Grove Plantation". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. http://tps.cr.nps.gov/nhl/detail2.cfm?ResourceId=847&Date=2004&Ownership=Private&priorityname=Threatened&ResourceType=District. Retrieved 2010-06-04.
- Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park, National Park Service website
- Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation
- Belle Grove, Middletown, Virginia's, official website
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