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Shirley Plantation

501 Shirley Plantation Rd, Charles City, VA 23030-2907
+1 804-829-5121
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Electric Bike Tour to Shirley Plantation and Wine Tasting
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Shirley Plantation is Virginia's first plantation, founded in 1613 as a land grant from King James of England. Shirley is North America's oldest family owned business and home to eleven generations of the Hill-Carter family. Admission fee. Please check our web site for details on our daily hours as they vary seasonally.
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“james river” (57 reviews)
“the main house” (25 reviews)
“original family” (15 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
501 Shirley Plantation Rd, Charles City, VA 23030-2907
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+1 804-829-5121
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"james river"
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"the main house"
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"original family"
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"our tour guide"
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"the upper floors"
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"cotton fields"
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"family owned business"
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"working farm"
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"carter family"
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"gift shop"
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"self guided"
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"house tour"
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"off limits"
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"flying staircase"
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"great tour"
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"union soldiers"
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"amazing history"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Enjoy the grounds of this stately home on the James River and take the tour of the Carter-Lee family home. Robert E Lee's mother was married here and he was born here. The 11th & 12 generations of the family still live upstairs!

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Reviewed 6 days ago

IN addition, the guides are knowledgeable and friendly - the past and present are highlighted here - You gotta see it

Thank Greg P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was in the area and had some time to waste. Decided to go on a tour at the Shirley Plantation. You only get to tour the first floor of the premises because the owners of the plantation STILL live upstairs on the second and third...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed this Plantation. Many of the outbuildings are still there and maintained. The house is still an occupied residence but that did not detract from the plantation.

Thank Scott J
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were lucky enough to be led through Shirley Plantation by Julian Charity. I don't mean to short shrift the wonderful house and 12-generation family who live there--the house and the family are amazing. But so is Julian, who brought a lot of intelligence, warmth,...More

Thank Robert M
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Reviewed 8 January 2018

When we arrived, we realized that we had already toured this plantation years ago. The plantation was supposed to be open, but it was not. Shirley Plantation is the oldest active plantation in Virginia and is the oldest family-owned business in North America, dating back...More

Thank Maggi713
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Reviewed 28 December 2017

The owners of Shirley Plantation are the 11th generational descendants of the original owners. We had the pleasure of having one of the owners as our tour guide, and the historical perspective provided was both interesting and very informative.

Thank bob_mu_grad
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Reviewed 27 December 2017 via mobile

As the oldest plantation in North America and the childhood home of General Robert E. Lee’s mother, this plantation is significant historically. It’s a little pricey for what it is but very enjoyable.

Thank Morris N
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Reviewed 25 December 2017

The claim to fame for this property is that it has has stayed in the same family for its entire history. Somehow this lessens the appeal as artifacts from many eras dot the public rooms. Also, the tour we were on did not connect the...More

Thank Texman1313
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Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

Gorgeous! Amazing history wonderfully told by our tour guide. The family was decorating for XMAS and it was nice to meet the young mistress of the house. Reservations recommended. The grounds are beautiful, along the bank of the James River. Each of the James River...More

Thank Jane L
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Shirley M
26 February 2017|
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Response from Shirley1613 | Property representative |
Hours March 13, 2017 - April 12, 2017 Open Daily 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Guided tours of the 1st floor of the Great House at 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Self-guided tours of grounds, gardens and... More
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John S
21 August 2016|
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Response from Peggy T | Reviewed this property |
Info from their website. Admission/Hours & Directions Admission Pricing: Adults $11.00 Seniors (age 60+) $10.00 Youth (ages 6-18) $7.50 Under age 6 Free AAA members receive $1.00 off adult and $.50 off youth admission... More
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Dinah428
7 August 2016|
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Response from Elida G | Reviewed this property |
Summer hours (April 1, 2016 - November 30, 2016) are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tour times of the house are: 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:15 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. The only days they are closed are... More
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