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Shirley Plantation

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Address: 501 Shirley Plantation Rd, Charles City, VA 23030-2907
Phone Number: +1 804-829-5121
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9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Shirley Plantation is Virginia's first plantation, founded in 1613 as a...

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.

Shirley Plantation is open 7 days a week all year. Closed to the public on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Please call for daily hours as they may vary seasonally.

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A distillation of VIrginia History

This plantation is just so lovely under ancient trees on the banks of the James. Our group of four enjoyed a tour with just six total in our group. Our guide was knowledgeable and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Sandston, Virginia
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Sandston, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This plantation is just so lovely under ancient trees on the banks of the James. Our group of four enjoyed a tour with just six total in our group. Our guide was knowledgeable and we thoroughly enjoyed our 30 minute tour, very reasonably priced. You'll leave having covered hundreds of years of Carter family history, from the earliest colonial days... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited for the second time in 25 years and it's just like I remembered... A magical spot on the James River. I was met by Randy Carter who I think is the 12th generation to be here. He is very kind and interesting to talk with about his experience growing up on the oldest plantation in America. He runs... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Such an amazing history told by a very informative guide. Beautiful plantation and very well preserved and kept. So much history had happened here and still there are the cotton fields growing in the surroundings. Top floors still used as the family home also. I really enjoyed the visit here - a great afternoon well spent!

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Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A tour in this plantation residence is pleasant and informative. It is pity that photography is not permitted and that there are no pictures available in the shop.

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Asheboro, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Touring this home and it's grounds was a great way to spend a couple of hours. The guide was well informed and friendly. She knew all about the history of the home and it's family. The house has a beautiful stair case, and that by far is the best feature that you get to see. The tour is first floor... More 

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Palos Hills, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This location is simply beautiful and peaceful. The staff is also friendly and welcoming! When it comes to the tour, it lasts about 30-45 minutes. The guides are very informative and passionate. Like many places in Virginia, you will learn about how many of the First Families of Virginia are connected. With such a long timeline of history, there are... More 

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Midlothian, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

LOVED this tour on my 2nd visit.......well done and learned so much more this time. the grounds are lovely, and we met MR> Hill Carter and his dog..........can't wait to return and see PHOTOS of the TWINS who are 4 months oldl.......how awesome the legacy of this family STILL in this amazing home.........GOD BLESS YOU!!! (we would not mind if... More 

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Fort Smith, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

This is one of the easy to visit plantations on the highway five between Richmond and Williamsburg. This road is only 65 miles so is much better than the interstate whether you stop or not! At the plantation you can tour the first floor which consists of 5 or 6 rooms and also see the famous staircase that seems to... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

After waiting almost 50 years, I was finally able to visit Shirley Planation again. Our tour guide was excellent. She put a personal touch on the tour and welcomed questions from the visitors. We were impressed with the gift shop and left with many gift items for ourselves! I love the fact that members of the Carter family still live... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

We bring nearly all of our out-of-town guests here, and they all love it. The house and grounds are well-maintained and the tours are very informative.

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