Berkeley Plantation

12602 Harrison Landing Road,
Charles City, VA 23030
United States
Overview

Step back in time to a bygone era and experience a genteel 18th century lifestyle at Historic Berkeley Plantation.. Nowhere can you find a more unspoiled and tranquil environment.  Our history begins in 1619 when settlers observed the first official Thanksgiving in America.  Berkeley's 1726 Georgian mansion is the birthplace of Benjamin Harrison V, signer of the Declaration of Independence and  governor of Virginia.  The estate is also the birthplace of William Henry Harrison, ninth president of the United States, and ancestral home of his grandson, Benjamin Harrison, the twenty-third president.  During the Civil War, Berkeley was occupied by General George McClellan's Union troops.  While at Berkeley, General Daniel Butterfield composed the familiar tune "Taps", first played by his bugler, O.W. Norton.   

 Upon arrival, guests are greeted by costumed guides and escorted to the mansion for their conducted tour.  The mansion is furnished with a magnificent collection of 18th century antiques and artifacts.The gardens and grounds are self-guided, five terraces of restored boxwood and flower gardens offer breathtaking views of the James River. Benches are arranged throughout the gardens to sit and enjoy this delightful and peaceful setting.  While some guests are exploring the gardens, others can enjoy our unique collection of historical mementos and charming gifts in Berkeley's Gift shop.

The first Sunday in November, Berkeley celebrates the historic 1619 landing with the Virginia Thanksgiving Festival.  In December, the plantation is decorated with traditional holiday decorations of fresh greenery and natural arrangements from Berkeley's gardens. 

 A Virginia and National Historic Landmark.