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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  • Any of the plantation along Rt 5 this is the one I would recommend as a "must see". The history surrounding this house and land is amazing. The guided tour thru the main house (only the first floor) i...  more »
  • Spent a Saturday afternoon in March touring this plantation. The tour does not take a very long time but is an interesting stop full of information about a location I felt little is known about. After...  more »
  • What a lovely Plantation! The grounds were beautiful and the house and history were really interesting. You are able to walk in the basement of the main house and enjoy the artifacts that are set up down there. You can also stroll the grounds down to the river. The inside architecture of the house is beautiful and interesting! Pay attention to the impressive trim when you visit. So glad we went to visit!!
  • Attended the 2018 Thanksgiving event and it was fantastic. Could have improved the food serving area to move people through more quickly and a few more tables and chairs would have helped. Fun parade, great entertainment. Very educational tour of the plantation house. Great family event. Learned something new about TAPS, ship building and making America's first Bourbon at the plantation, among other things.

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