Doors to the Past: A Historic Tour of King George, Caroline, and Westmoreland Counties

Doors to the Past: A Historic Tour of King George, Caroline, and Westmoreland Counties
Hosted by the James Madison Belle Grove Foundation
Sunday, May 8th to Sunday, May 15th
Tour times vary between locations
Please review each location’s access status for dates and times

King George, Caroline, and Westmoreland Counties in Virginia are rich in American history. Dotting the land are elegant and historic homes and locations with connections dating back to the very beginning of America. We invite you to come and experience some of these locations as we present “Doors to the Past: A Historic Tour of King George, Caroline, and Westmoreland Counties.

This tour opens these amazing locations for visitors to learn about our past and local connections to our founding as a country. Twenty-four locations, including two state parks and a national park location will open their doors or grounds to the public starting on Sunday, May 8th to Sunday, May 15th. Some locations will have their doors open for you, some will allow you to enjoy the grounds, and some will offer walking or bus tours as you navigate the three counties and their historic treasures.

Proceeds to Benefit the Community

While the non-profit James Madison Belle Grove Foundation is organizing this event, all proceeds will be given to “Love thy Neighbor” Food Bank and the King George Animal Shelter.

Doors to the Past Guidebook

Doors to the Past: A Historic Tour of King George, Caroline, and Westmoreland Counties will offer guidebooks with brief descriptions, photograph, address, and access status. Complementary guidebooks will be available at many local King George, Caroline, and Westmoreland County businesses and visitor centers free of charge. A Special Online Guidebook will be available online for your download convenience. The online guide will offer additional information on participating sites, including architecture, history and photographs, local businesses, and event calendar for upcoming 2022 events. This online guide will offer information on additional historic homes and sites that are not on the tour but are in these counties. These additional homes that are not on the tour will not be open to the public. Learn why these historic homes and sites are considered the “Hidden Jewels” of the Northern Neck.

You can receive a copy of the complementary guidebook, Doors to the Past: A Historic Tour of King George, Caroline, and Westmoreland Counties Guide by mail. When you place your passport order, you may request a mailed copy of the guidebook for $5 to cover the cost of shipping. Guidebooks will be ready to go out by April 20th.

COMING SOON! DOORS TO THE PAST: Additional Information Guidebook
Passports

Passport Tickets will be required to visit the twenty-four locations and participate in the walking tours or bus tours. Passports will be issued with individual names and must be presented by that individual during the tours. Please note that the State and National Parks do not charge entry and the passports are not required to enjoy them.

Passports for Adults – $75
Passports for Children – 5 years to 12 years old – $5.00
Passports for Children under 5 years old – Free

Mailed Copy of the Doors to the Past: A Historic Tour of King George, Caroline, and Westmoreland County – $5