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Westover Plantation, Charles City

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Westover Plantation is a historic colonial tidewater plantation located on the north bank of the James River in Charles City County, Virginia. Established in c. 1730–1750, it is the homestead of the Byrd family of Virginia. State Route 5, a scenic byway, runs east–west to the north of the plantation, connecting the independent cities of Richmond and Williamsburg.

The plantation has been designated as a National Historic Landmark in the United States, cited for the architectural quality of its early Georgian mansion house and the history of its influential family. In the early years of the Virginia colony, the plantation was one of the sites of the courts of Charles City County.

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  • I can't say enough about how magnificent this property is. There is signage that takes you to a parking area that leads to the plantation through a gate. There is a small sign there with maps of the.....  more »
  • We were held up at a restaurant and arrived to late to goin but the getting there was great. We saw a horned owl! We took lots of photos and will come back before 4:30 pm. We got to see the James...  more »
  • This plantation is a beautiful relic of colonial Virginia, with sprawling grounds and Historic outbuildings and a truly remarkable History, all of it hugging the banks of the James River. I would recommend anyone interested in history should go and visit this historic gem.
  • Beautiful historic property nuzzled right on the James. Self guided ground tours available 10 am-5 pm, 7 days a week. Check out the Bald Eagle nests adjacent to the boat dock (spend time in the yard and they will swoop right over head!), walk through the gardens, admire 250 year old poplar trees, and take in the history. There is a large horse barn that while not available for tours youll still see the beautiful horses in the pasture! This old plantation is an active farm at around 1000 acres. Through a little research, legend has it an escape tunnel was made through an old well on the property due to then-property-inhabitant conflicts with native americans.. This well is located within a small red building near the "necessary house", you'll see a marked plaque on the exterior- open the door and check it out! Admission is honor system based- there is a box to drop admission fee near the guest parking area. That admission helps keep this place running- please remember it is cash only. Come on in, enjoy the views, bring a picnic basket and have at it! Though please keep in mind there are no public bathrooms. If portajohn not available you may be able to ask a tenant for assistance.

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