Belle Grove Attic
Photographs from exhibit The Writing Is on the Wall: Photographs of Belle Grove's Attic Graffiti (March 22-Apriil 19, 2014). The tradition of signing the attic walls in Belle Grove Plantation's (Middletown, VA) Manor House began with soldiers that occupied the home during the Civil War. It continued with owners’ family and friends and with visitors when the house was operated as an inn in the 1920s. There are approximately 557 legible signatures or unattributed writings. Due to safety concerns, the attic is not open to the public. Therefore, these photographs “bring the attic downstairs.” This project is made possible through a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Photography was done by Rick Foster.
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