Berkeley Plantation, Charles City

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Here in 1619, settlers observed the first official Thanksgiving in America. Berkeley is the birthplace of Benjamin Harrison V, signer of the Declaration of Independence and three times governor of Virginia. The estate is also the birthplace of William Henry Harrison, ninth president of the United States, and ancestral home of his grandson, Benjamin Harrison, the twenty-third president. During the Civil War Berkeley was occupied by General George McClellan's Union troops. While at Berkeley, General Daniel Butterfield composed the familiar tune "Taps", first played by his bugler, O.W. Norton. The 1726 Georgian mansion is furnished with a magnificent collection of 18th century antiques. Five terraces of restored boxwood and flower gardens offer breathtaking vistas of the James River. The gardens provide an elegant setting for weddings and private events.

The first Sunday in November, Berkeley celebrates the historic 1619 landing with Virginia's Thanksgiving Festival.

In December, the plantation is decorated with traditional holiday decorations of fresh greenery and natural arrangements from Berkeley's gardens.

A Virginia and National Historic Landmark.

2017 Rates: Adults $12; Children (6-16) $7; Military Adult $11;Military Children (6-16) $6.50; Senior (60+) $11

Group rates also available.

Allow a minimum 1 1/2 hours for a conducted house tour and self-guided grounds tour. The tour includes an audio-visual orientation program and museum exhibit. Enthusiastic guides in period costumes conduct tours of the mansion daily.
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  • Over the years (When we lived in VA) we have visited this plantation in all seasons. Also, have attended several of their GREAT Thanksgiving events they conduct in November each year. These are...  more »
  • We stopped by on our way home from Williamsburg. We have toured Mount Vernon multiple times and many other historical properties. While Berkeley may not be of the scale of Mount Vernon it is a great.....  more »
  • Fantastic afternoon spent at Berkeley Plantation. Our tour guide, Clarence, showed his love of history and his passion for his job. We love a great storyteller and we got exactly that on our tour! Thank you for making the history of Berkeley come alive! An afternoon well spent!
  • This is a great historical site with many connections to early American history through the civil war. Our tour guide was great and knew a lot of things about the property. I had a great time and hope to be able to go again I one day.

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