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Berkeley Plantation

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Address: 12602 Harrison Landing Rd, On Virginia Route 5, Charles City, VA 23030-3339
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09:30 - 16:30
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First settled in 1619, this historic estate is the birthplace of Benjamin...

First settled in 1619, this historic estate is the birthplace of Benjamin Harrison V, a signer of the American Declaration of Indepenence, and his son William Henry, who later became president of the United States.

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Fascinating! Incredible history, best of the James River plantations in my book!

The house is smaller and older than those on some of the other plantations, and its history is amazing. If our guide was correct, every single one of the American founders who... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The house is smaller and older than those on some of the other plantations, and its history is amazing. If our guide was correct, every single one of the American founders who became President was a guest at least once at this place, two of the family became Presidents, and it is intricately woven into both the American Revolution and... More 

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Missoula, Montana
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While visiting Williamsburg, we opted for a side trip to Petersburg and Berkeley Plantation on the way. We are glad we stopped. There is a wonderful history attached to this plantation. The first ten presidents of the United States spent time here. Washington is known to have visited and danced in the main house. Benjamin Harrison V, one signer of... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We embarked on a bike trip on the Virginia Capital Trail without being aware of any of the plantations en route. Our favorite was Berkeley Plantation, which is open all year around except Thanksgiving and Christmas. After a relatively short gravel drive (important when on bicycles), you arrive at the brick houses that are staffed by knowledgable people in period... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Berkeley Plantation while on a visit to Williamsburg....it was well worth the drive our to Charles City. We watched a video offered for visitors, toured the first floor , learning many facts from our great guide, and then were left on our own to walk the beautiful grounds. We really enjoyed this place.

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South Windsor, Connecticut
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting. Docents dressed in period costumes gave loads of information and the grounds are Absolutely gorgeous, Minimal mention of slavery and daily life of the household.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Berkeley plantation was the best prepared tour of the three James River plantations open for garden week. The docents were very knowledgeable, dressed in period costume and able to answer visitor questions. Because this plantation is open daily to tours the grounds are set up to accommodate visitors. The house and it's history were explained very well. The gardens are... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was the second of three plantations we visited, and by far the most commercial. Tour guides in period costume and a claim to being the location of the first Thanksgiving - a naked marketing gimmick. Some interesting information about the home, if you can ignore the shtick.

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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Reviewed 30 March 2017

My husband and I took a tour of Berkeley Plantation while stopping overnight in the Richmond, VA area. The Plantation is on a lovely spot on the James River. Our tour guide Donna, dressed in period costume, brought the plantation to life for us with her wonderful stories. She was extremely knowledgeable about generations of the Harrison family and all... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

This was an amazing tour with much history to hear about. I highly recommend this for anyone visiting Williamsburg.

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Arlington, Virginia
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

All Americans should take the opportunity to learn about our history and the hardships endured in the creating of this nation. We see beautiful houses and think how wonderful it would have been to live in this time. We need to know about the first Thanksgiving, how Benjamin Harrison and his family fled their deaths at the hands of Benedict... More 

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