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“Disappointing” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Berkeley Plantation

Berkeley Plantation
12602 Harrison Landing Road, On Virginia Route 5, Charles City, VA 23030
888-466-6018
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Dining, Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: 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.
Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania
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“Disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

We recently chose the Berkeley plantation to visit over all the others nearby due to the reviews we read. Although it was beautiful and full of interesting history, I was greatly disappointed in the tour. I thought we would see much more than the first floor of the main house that took about a half hour, and the basement where we watched a short (and dull) film. It was not worth the money we spent on it. I was hoping for more as it does have an incredible history.

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Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
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“This tour could use some work!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

We went to Berkeley plantation based on the good reviews on trip advisor. On their website it said it is an hour and a half tour and self-guided tour of the gardens. We watched a ten minute video and then toured 3 rooms in the house, another tourist asked about the upstairs and the guide said she'd never been up there...there were other buildings on the property but they were used for storage, It was very disappointing and it only lasted abou 30-45 minutes! Although it had a great history...I do not recommend going here, simply because it would be a waste of money!

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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“Don't tour with this guide”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Mr. John Curtis is the name of the tour guide we had the misfortune to experience this lovely plantation with on our tour. He is undoubtedly the rudest, most unpleasant, and poorest example of an ambassador employed in any capacity. Do yourself a favor and take a pass on a tour with this surly man. He rushed the entire tour, did not answer questions in a knowledgeable manner, and in general seemed angry he was even giving the tour. Honestly, this man needs to get another job.

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Arlington, Virginia
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“Beautiful grounds and house”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

Visiting this plantation seemed like stepping back in time. It was easy to imagine what it was like there 200 years ago. We went in the fall, so the weather was perfect. I imagine it would be quite hot in the summer. The plantation is in private hands, and the owners visit almost every weekend, and stay in the upper floors that have evidently been updated with modern conveniences. The ground level, which visitors are allowed to visit, is wonderful. The tour was just so-so, and the short film was also just so-so. The guide knows a lot about the plantation, but one has to coax it out of him with questions.

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Barrie, Canada
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“Great tour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

We visited both Berkeley and Shirley plantations on the same morning. Informative tour guide, good short film at the start of the tour. Nice little gift shop. Friendly staff.

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