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

    May to August 2015

    (click date)

  • May 10, 2015
    Mother's Day Tea at Berkeley Plantation Treat Mom to an afternoon tea, guided house tour and walks in Berkeley’s spring gardens.
  • June 1 through August 31, 2015
    Children’s Nature Hunt at Berkeley Plantation Bring the family to Berkeley and learn its amazing history, while searching for treasures along the river shore, gardens and grounds.
  • July 4, 2015
    Berkeley Plantation Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony Annual commemoration honoring Benjamin Harrison V, one of seven Virginia signers of the Declaration of Independence and 18th century owner of Berkeley Plantation.
  • August 5, 2015
    General George McClellan’s 1862 Civil War Headquarters at Harrison’s Landing Special Civil War Tour


View the Calendar for More detail and other 2015 Events

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