On Saturday, the Belle Grove Plantation officially opened its new welcome center to the public.
The Beverley B. Shoemaker Welcome Center is located in the 100-year-old barn on the property, and features exhibits, a gift shop, meeting spaces, and event space on the second floor.
The center was announced in May of 2018, after the plantation received a donation of $1.1 million from the Shoemaker Charitable Trust. The project is the most extensive renovation since the museum opened in 1967.
“For many years we haven’t had an agricultural purpose for the building and we had some increased needs for our facility,” said Belle Grove’s Executive Director Kristen Laise. “We had a wonderful architect for this project, Fred Andrea. He’s based out of Front Royal and he preserved so many of the unique elements of this as a barn.”
The plantation held a grand opening for the space on Saturday.