James River Plantations and other Virginia Plantations Along Scenic Virginia Route 5 in Charles City County, Virginia
Treasures from three centuries are available at the James River Plantations along scenic Virginia Route 5 in Charles City County. Located between Williamsburg and Richmond along the historic James River and Route 5 – Virginia Scenic byway.
Sherwood Forest, Berkeley Plantation, Westover, Shirley and Evelynton Plantations.
Charles City County was established in 1619 and its plantations and farms along the James River have survived the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the War Between the States. The county’s gracious manor houses, all privately owned and preserved historic National Register properties, are open for visitors to experience and enjoy today.
The county, strategically located between the James and Chickahominy Rivers and close to the colonial capitals of Jamestown and Williamsburg, was the first westward expansion of English-speaking America.
Berkeley Plantation, Evelynton, Sherwood Forest Plantation, Shirley Plantation, and Westover Plantation make up Virginia’s James River Plantations. We have included other Virginia plantations in this listing.
Berkeley Plantation – Site of the First Official Thanksgiving in America in 1619. Birthplace of William Henry Harrison, 9th U.S. President and Benjamin Harrison V, Signer of the Declaration of Independence. Ancestral Home of Benjamin Harrison, 23rd U.S. president. 12602 Harrison Landing Road, Charles City, Virginia 23030 | (804) 829-6018 |1-888-466-6018. http://www.berkeleyplantation.com/
Chippokes Plantation – Surry County – Chippokes Plantation State Park is one of the oldest working farms in the United States. Chippokes is a living historical exhibit located in a rural agricultural area along the James River in Surry County. In addition, the park has a wide variety of traditional park offerings, including a swimming complex, visitor center, picnic facilities, and hiking and biking trails. Chippokes Plantation State Park is operated by the Department of Conservation and Recreation in cooperation with the Chippokes Plantation Farm Foundation. http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/chi.shtml
Evelynton was originally part of William Byrd’s expansive Westover Plantation. Named for Byrd’s daughter, Evelyn, this site has been home to the Ruffin family since 1847. The family patriarch, Edmund Ruffin, fired the first shot of the Civil War at Fort Sumter. http://www.jamesriverplantations.org/Evelynton.html
North Bend Plantation – Built in 1801 by John Minge in historic Charles City County for his wife Sarah Harrison, the sister of William Henry Harrison, the ninth president of the United States. The current owner, George F. Copland, is a descendant of William Henry and Sarah Harrison. Enjoy Gracious Southern Hospitality at our Bed and Breakfast. George F. and Ridgely Copland are the owners. North Bend Plantation, 12200 Weyanoke Road, Charles City, Virginia 23030. Phone 804-829-5176; http://www.northbendplantation.com/
Piney Grove at Southall’s Plantation – The Gordineer family welcomes you to relive Virginia’s Golden Age. The original log portion of Piney Grove was built about 1790 when this was one of the many seats of Virginia’s prominent Southall family. P. O. Box 1359, Williamsburg, VA 23187-1359. Phone: (804) 829 -2480, (804) 829-2196 http://www.pineygrove.com/
Sherwood Forest Plantation was the home of the 10th U.S. President John Tyler from 1842 until his death in 1862. It has been the continuous residence of the Tyler family since the President purchased it in 1842. Known to be the longest frame house in America, it is over 300 feet long. Sherwood Forest Plantation reflects the lifestyle of this mid-19th century Presidential family. Beautifully wooded landscape and 12 dependencies surround President Tyler’s home.
Shirley Plantation is Virginia’s first plantation. Founded in 1613, only six years after the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown, the crown grant carved Shirley Plantation out of the Virginia frontier. The guided tour of the Great House highlights original family furnishings, portraits, silver, and hand-carved woodwork as well as stories of the Hill Carter family, eye witnesses to eleven generations of American history. http://www.shirleyplantation.com/
Westover Plantation was built circa 1730 by William Byrd II, the founder of Richmond. It is noteworthy for its secret passages, magnificent gardens, and architectural details. The grounds and garden are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, but the house is not open to the public. Westover was named for Henry West, fourth Lord Delaware and son of Thomas West, Governor of Virginia. http://www.jamesriverplantations.org/Westover.html
James River Plantations
Charles City County, Virginia