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“Beautiful vies of the James River from Berkeley”

Berkeley Plantation
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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.
Fairfax, Virginia
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“Beautiful vies of the James River from Berkeley”
Reviewed January 3, 2014

My daughter and I visited Berkeley Plantation on a cold day at the end of December. The historic house has connections to the Carter and Lee families in Virginia, among others. The tour was nice. The intro movie had good info but rather dramatic music. The best part for us was the walk through the landscaped "backyard" down to the James River. The view is beautiful.

Take food and water with you. There isn't anywhere to buy snacks.

The drive down the entire stretch on Scenic Route 5 into Williamsburg is really nice. Slower than I-64 but more historic and interesting.

Visited December 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Good Tour”
Reviewed December 3, 2013

Hubby and I had about 90 minutes until Charles City Tavern opened for lunch, so we decided to tour Berkeley again. I had dragged Hubby down every history property drive while doing my master's research on historic preservation, and we had been to Berkeley before, but many years ago.
Berkeley is one of a number of James River historic properties, and is situated very close to Westover, the home of William Byrd (best known for his insightful diaries during the colonial era.) It was the home of the Harrison family, who gave us two presidents. Berkeley was also the site of the first Thanksgiving, predating the one in Massachusetts by two years. The grounds are nicely kept and the plantation is still a working farm. The first floor of the manor house is open, with the other floors closed, as it is still owned by the Jamieson family. Our tour guide, dressed in colonial garb, was informative and clearly proud of the property. Many historic homes are coping with diminished revenue, but Berkeley is handling things well. Please remember that your modest entrance fee goes to preserving these important properties for the future.

Visited November 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Excellent Tour, Very Educational”
Reviewed November 14, 2013

We learned a lot about the Harrison family and William Henry Harrison, the President who had the shortest term in office (only a month).

Visited November 2013
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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“Berkeley First Thanksgiving”
Reviewed November 6, 2013

We enjoyed the tour of the house. The guide was interesting, answered all questions and made sure everyone knew what and where we would be going next. The film shown before we entered the house enhanced the experience. It is nice to be able to tour the gardens/grounds at your leisure. They provide ticket discounts for military and senior adults. Parking, directions, etc. were well organized. I enjoyed learning about the first Thanksgiving (one before the Plymouth) through different events scheduled throughout the day along with the special presentation of the first landing. There were great vendors selling some unusual gift items along with the typical. The event had only two food vendors, however, which led to long lines waiting to buy food. It is a working farm but has tours on a regular basis.

Visited November 2013
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Penang Island, Malaysia
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“Worthwhile tour”
Reviewed November 1, 2013

Of all the places we visited in Williamsburg, this is the only place that did not disappoint. The tour was led by an informative, humorous guide. The tour was beautiful, then we were able to walk around the grounds. Very nice and glad we did it.

Visited October 2013
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