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“Berkeley Plantation in Charles City, VA - gorgeous and historic”

Berkeley Plantation
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$95.00*
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Electric Bike Tour to Historical Berkeley Plantation with Lunch
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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.
Reviewed February 4, 2013

This beautiful plantation is right on the James River and has gardens that Pres. Lincoln himself walked through when the Union Army had a civil war hospital set up on the grounds. I was there for the Taps 150th (June, 2012) as Taps was written there in 1862 by one of those Union solders encamped there during the Civil War. Very cool. Will go back in November to attend the annual Thanksgiving celebration.

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Reviewed January 14, 2013

Fantastic tour and history lessons (live!) Very well maintained and actually being lived in/on to this day.

Thank Chris P
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

Berkeley Plantation is not the biggest or most impressive colonial era home along the James River, but it has a tremendously rich history, having been the home of two presidents (William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Harrison), as well as having been the site of the first Thanksgiving in America, 4 December 1619; the first bourbon whiskey distilled, 1621; first time Army bugle call "Taps" played: July 1862, by bugler Oliver W. Norton; the melody was written at Harrison's Landing, the plantation's old wharf, by Norton and then General Daniel Butterfield. We had a great guide who shared ghost stories, as well as personal stories about the many generations of owners of Berkeley. If you like historic homes, this should be on your must-see list.

Thank jimgaul
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Reviewed December 12, 2012

Berkeley Plantation is authentic and historical. Built in 1726 of brick fired on the plantation it occupies a beautifully landscaped area on the James River. The home is beautiful and is filled with a magnificent collection of 18th century antiques. Our tour guide was superb! We also enjoyed the outbuildings and walking around the ten-acre, landscaped grounds. Benches are arranged throughout the gardens to sit and enjoy this beautiful setting. Berkeley was the birthplace of William Henry Harrison, 9th U.S. President and Benjamin Harrison V, signer of the Declaration of Independence. "Taps" was composed here and this was the site of the First Official Thanksgiving in America in 1916, three years before the Pilgrims arrived.

Thank travelexplorer27
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Reviewed November 22, 2012

Fantastic Tour. Our mature female guide could not have been more polite, knowlgable or accomodating. She did acknowledge her co-worker's gum chewing compulsion, however there is a serious side to this issue as some people will use any method to vandalise beautiful valuable property of others. Well worth the time. 2 hours is NOT enough if you wish to enjoy the gardens. Be advised that the on-site restaurant is permanently closed. We discovered this North American historic treasure on a side trip while attending a convention is Williamsberg. This is living history. You can feel the steps of the historic persons that walked these floors and grounds. No re-creations here. See Shirley Plantation for a completely different viewpoint of a similar period similar site. Berkeley, history focused. Shirely, focused more on the families who stlll live and/or work on the site, They are very personable but quiet and discrete, you will not recognize then from the volunteers/staff unless you ask directly). For more history see Historic Jamestown. Definately miss the"Jamestown Settlement" unless you are int highly inaccurate reconstructions.

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