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
Upcoming Events

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  • August 5, 2014

General George McClellan’s 1862 Civil War Headquarters at Harrison’s Landing
    This special Civil War Tour takes you through the life and times of the union soldier at Berkeley Plantation, General McClellan’s headquarters and supply base during July and August 1862. 9:00 am – 11:00 am Refreshments served. Reservations required!
  • August 7, 2014

Plymouth Fife and Drum Corps Perform
at Berkeley Plantation
    
The Plymouth Fife and Drum Corps is an all youth Corps made up of students ranging in age from 11 - 18 from Plymouth, MI and surrounding communities. The students are dedicated to the ancient arts of colorguard, fifing and drumming with emphasis on music played during the Revolutionary War. Program begins at 10:30 am The program lasts 30 minutes. A meet and greet allowing spectators and children to try on their uniforms, play their instruments and hold theguard equipment follows the performance.

 

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