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

View the Calendar for 2014 Events
  • September 1 through November 30, 2014

Berkeley Plantation Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch
    Bring the family out to Berkeley to explore the colorful autumn gardens, river shore, exhibits and tours, pick a pumpkin and find your way through the corn maze, all while learning Berkeley’s amazing history. The corn Maze is included in Berkeley’s tour admission, an additional fee is charged to take home a pumpkin. Open daily 9:30 – 4:30. $11 per adult and $6.00 per child Picnic area available on site. 1-888-466-6018
  • September 17, 2014

Charles City County Ruritan Steak Feast
    
Ruritan Club Steak Feast at historic Berkeley Plantation overlooking the beautiful James River. Rain or shine. 3:30 until 9:00 Dinner served from 5:15 to 6:15. Full rib-eye steak dinner, refreshments and music. Major Sponsors include: BB&T, Citizens & Farmers Bank, and Waste Management. All proceeds benefit local charities. Tickets may be purchased online at steakfeast.org or at the gate. Admission Tickets $30
  • October 4 & 13, 2014

Hauntings Tales & Tours
    This unique tour of Edgewood, Berkeley and Shirley Plantations will give an insight of the spirits and mysteries of these three historic homes in Charles City, Virginia. Hear the haunting tales of the paranormal activities at each site on a progressive tour offered on October 4 & 13, 2014. The tour begins at 3:30 at Shirley Plantation, continue to Berkeley and end at Edgewood. The cost is $36.00 per person and reservations are required. To make reservations call (804) 829-2962
  • October 10 & 17, 2014

Berkeley Plantation Autumn Sunset Tour
    Enjoy a walking tour to the Harrison graveyard with stories of Berkeley’s hauntings, hors d’oeuvres served at sunset and candlelight tour of the 1726 mansion. The tour begins at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $25.50 per person and reservations are required. To make reservations call 1-888-466-6018.

 

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