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Shirley Plantation

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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 twelve generations of the Hill-Carter family. Admission fee. Please...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
501 Shirley Plantation Rd, Charles City, VA 23030-2907
+1 804-829-5121
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We toured the grounds and out buildings prior to our house tour. There is a lot to see here. Our home tour guide knew everything about the families that lived (and still live) in this home throughout the generations. Robert E. Lee Is one if...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Joyce C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The area is absolutely beautiful. Visited on a Saturday afternoon, so it was very busy for the wine tasting and dining. Therefore, it was extremely noisy. Could not hear one another talking to each other, and we could hardly hear the server as he tried...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank PatriciaW881583
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was really cool. Didn’t know what to expect. My wife found this online as something to do. We got there early and did the Great house and grounds tour. The best part was the house tour. The staff is very knowledgeable and we learned...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed August 9, 2019

About a 20 mile bike ride down from Shiplock Park. Cute stop for snack at The Fork, on the way down. Beautiful farm, easy to find.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Patti C
Reviewed August 8, 2019

Can't say I have a positive or negative review of the place, since it is very difficult to access. I tried twice but nobody knew the easiest route or forgot to mention an important but tiny detail, and my GPS couldn't keep up with all...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Emme J
Reviewed July 1, 2019 via mobile

I’ve lived in Virginia most of my life, & I’ve always heard of this place — but I’d never been — until now. I’m a bit of a history buff, & I love visiting historic homes, & this was an interesting one — especially the...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed June 28, 2019

Nice drive on Rt. 5. Pretty grounds. Friendly and helpful staff. Excellent tour guide. Nice historic house. Great river view. Lots of out buildings to see (not included in tour). Well-kept grounds. House tour only includes 4 rooms because descendants live in upper two floors....More

Date of experience: June 2019
2  Thank beulahthe
Reviewed June 26, 2019

The history at this place is incredible! A great history & architecture lesson in one. Smaller than I expected and actually a little pricy for a short 30-minute tour, but we were totally glad we went.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Ragz4
Reviewed June 9, 2019

Yes, it is a little on the pricey side, but this is a beautifully restored plantation home/mansion with well cared for grounds. The scenic view over the James river is a site to behold. It makes a great venue for weddings too by the way....More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank jeffsJ3906KR
Reviewed May 23, 2019

Very expensive for the area ($25/adult for grounds and house), but the upkeep must be extremely expensive. Everything is in pristine condition and the areas of the house open to the public (one must keep in mind that this is still the residence of the...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Shirley M
February 26, 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
john S
August 21, 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
August 7, 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