Berkeley Plantation

Berkeley Plantation, the Historic Plantation on the James River between Williamsburg & Richmond, Virginia.

berkeley-plantation_r2Costumed guides conduct tours of the mansion daily, and lunch is served in the Coach House Tavern. Berkeley, on the James River between Williamsburg and Richmond, is the birthplace of a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a U.S. President, Benjamin Harrison.

Most notable for being the birthplace of the 9th U.S. President, William Henry Harrison, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Harrison V, the Berkeley Plantation is a house filled with history. The Berkeley Plantation was the site of the first Thanksgiving, held on December 4th, 1619, and was also the site of the first bourbon whiskey distillation. During the American Civil War, the house was occupied by Union soldiers and was visited several times by President Lincoln.

The mansion is located on the James River, at Harrison’s Landing. It was built with bricks fired on the plantation, and boasts stunning gardens and grounds looking out onto the river. The original Georgian mansion was built in 1726 and is the oldest 3-story brick house in the state of Virginia that can prove its date. The plantation has five exquisite terraced gardens that were dug by hand and boast beautiful flowers spring through fall. Cuttings from the plantation’s boxwood gardens are available as living souvenirs from the plantation’s gift shop. Visiting the Berkeley Plantation is the perfect excursion for those who want a peek into American history, followed by a delightful journey across the grounds. The house is surrounded by rolling foothills and fabulous sunsets can be seen reflecting off the James River, giving the perfect close to any trip.

Tours of the house are available for the general public as well as educational tours, and guests are welcome to take self-guided tours of the gardens and grounds. Every November, the plantation offers a Thanksgiving celebration that includes living history tours. The Berkeley Plantation also offers to host private events such as weddings, parties, and corporate functions. For more information on tours and upcoming events, visit the Berkeley Plantation’s website.

Hours: Berkeley is open daily. Hours 9:30am-4:30pm.
Last tour begins at 4:30 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Allow approximately 1-1 1/2 hours for guided house tour and self-guided garden tour.

Berkeley Plantation
12602 Harrison Landing Road
Charles City, Virginia 23030
Phone: (804) 829-6018 | Fax: (804) 829-6757 |
Toll Free: 1-888-466-6018