Back in the Shenandoah Valley; this is where hubby and I grew up— met in grade 4, co-editors of the school newspaper and good friends.
Daughter Kate is enjoying being with us, though she has work to do daily via computer.
We’re staying with friends who have young kids but I found time to pop in to Belle Grove plantation. The Hites moved in in the late 1700s and added to the house. Mrs. Hite was a daughter of President Madison.
Belle Grove is a fav spot for history and beauty and connects me to my childhood.
The garden is divided into cut flowers, dye plants, fruits, culinary herbs, and medicinal herbs.
I saw the above and couldn’t identify it there but I believe it’s Rue. Does anyone use this today? It has a wonderful scent.
The photo above, though common in appearance, is especially poignant. This is the area the slaves would have inhabited. Archeological digging is young yet but there is plenty undiscovered; the sloped area would have been where sweepings from the cabins went.
There is evidence that the Hites purchased veggies and eggs from the slaves who farmed before and after hard days of work at the main house.
This field may have recreated quarters in the future to expand a fuller picture of life at Belle Grove. I hope so.