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Belle Grove (Port Conway, Virginia)

Belle Grove
Historic American Building Survey, 1941
Location Port Conway, Virginia
Area 380 acres (150 ha)
Built 1790 (1790)
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 73002029[1]
VLR # 048-0027
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 11, 1973
Designated VLR September 19, 1972[2]

Belle Grove is a 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, on Belle Grove plantation, in an earlier house which no longer stands. Belle Grove plantation was 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 historic marker on US 301 in front of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. His birthplace was 400 yards (370 m) east in a house that no longer stands.

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


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  3. ^ Waymarking historical marker
  4. ^ James Madison data
  5. ^ 1939 WPA Guide

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