Welcome to Berkeley Plantation

Step back in time to a bygone era and experience a genteel 18th century life style. 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 three times 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. Enthusiastic guides in period costumes conduct tours of the mansion daily. The mansion is furnished with a magnificent collection of 18th century antiques and artifacts. Grounds tours are self-guided and include five terraces of boxwood and flowering gardens leading to the James River, monuments to the First Thanksgiving and to Taps, and the Harrison family graveyard. The gardens provide an elegant setting for weddings and private events. 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

 

Hours of Operation

Open Daily

 

Gift Shop and Ticket Sales

9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

 

Last tour begins at 4:30

 

Gardens & Grounds

Open until 5:30 p.m.

for Ticketed Guests

 

 

  • Special events

    February to April 2015

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  • February 14, 15 & 16, 2015

     

    Tippecanoe & Tyler, Too Presidents’ Day Weekend

  • March 1- 31, 2015
    Berkeley Home School MonthDuring the month of March, Berkeley will offer a special rate to home schooled students and their families. Enjoy a guided house tour and learn 18th century life on a plantation. Explore the museum of paintings and artifacts and walk the five terraces of restored gardens leading to the James River. Picnic area available or bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic by the James River. The rate during this special offer is $8.50 for adults and $5.00 for students (k-12). Reservations required for groups of 10 or more. 888-466-6018 www.berkeleyplantation.com
  • April 4 - 12, 2015
    
Children's Nature Hunt at Berkeley Plantation
  • April 19, 20 & 21, 2015

     

    James River Plantations Historic Garden Week Tour

    Sponsored by the Garden Club of Virginia

  • April 20, 2015
    Sip tea and enjoy finger sandwiches, scones and pastries in the midst of the beautiful spring gardens at historic Berkeley Plantation. Includes guided house tour and self-guided garden tour. 2:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. $30 pp Reservations required. 888-466-6018 www.berkeleyplantation.com

 


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