Welcome to the Bellfry at Broadview Ranch
near Lexington, Virginia
He gives us beauty for ashes,
the oil of joy for mourning,
the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.
That we may
be trees of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord,
that He may be glorified.
- Isaiah 61:3
This site and this place are the vision of my dear sister,
Anne Fletcher Grizzle, who imagined and created it as a place of welcome, rest, renewal and solace for weary travelers of this world to peer through a thin veil into the spaciousness of eternity.
Retreat home of the Grizzle familyand Tilson clan
We could tell our stories for days on end about the deer hunting, canoeing, fishing, reunions, pond parties, games and fun that we've had as children and adults in this special place since our Grandpop bought it in the 1940's. Forest Fletcher said, "The highest and best use for this land is to hold the rest of the world together."
Haven of Christian hospitalityfor groups of all ages and stages
The Bellfry serves as a place of respite and hospitality for Christian groups who seek to live out Christ's mission to bring good news and serve the least of these. Strength for the Journey retreats are offered quarterly for those facing hard losses and challenges in their life. Amistad Mission, International Justice Mission, Intervarsity, Leighton Ford Mentoring Community, and Perinatal hospice groups find a home at the Bellfry. Shalem Institute for spiritual direction offers group spiritual direction and personal spiritual deepening workshops here. "The Bellfry comes alive in silence" writes one visitor - four day silent retreats are offered at Advent and Lent each year. Creativity weeks and weekends are offered periodically. Other groups enjoy God's beauty and refreshing call here as space and time permits.