Calendar of Events 2024

Spring Events

 

Children's Nature Hunt

April 1 through 7, 2024

Bring the family to Berkeley and learn its amazing history, while searching for treasures along the river shore, gardens, and grounds. Children’s brochures and picnic area available. Nature hunt included with regular admission tickets.

Historic Garden Week Tours

April 21 & 22, 2024

Sponsored by the Garden Club of Virginia

Berkeley, Shirley, and Westover Plantations celebrate Historic Garden Week with a special combination ticket which allows access to the extensive grounds, outbuildings, and interiors of all three historic sites. Tour proceeds fund the restoration and preservation of gardens throughout Virginia. For more information and to purchase combination tickets, visit www.vagardenweek.org.

Homeschool Days

May 1 through 7, 2024

During the first week in May, Berkeley will offer a special rate to homeschool students and their families. Enjoy a guided house tour and learn about eighteenth-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 river shore. The rate during this exclusive offer is $10.00 per adult / $6 per student (k-12).

Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more.

American Revolution Shipyard Commemoration

May 5, 2024

Historical marker dedication commemorating the Berkeley Plantation Shipyard, which produced 18 warships during the Revolutionary War, will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Berkeley’s grounds. Berkeley Plantation was the home of founding father, Continental Congress committee chair and Declaration of Independence signer Benjamin Harrison. Ceremony included with regular admission tickets. Sponsored by the Sons of the American Revolution and Knight-Patty Fund.

Gardens, grounds, exhibits, and house are open 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Summer Events

 

Children's Nature Hunt

June, July, &  August 2024

During the summer months, bring the family to Berkeley and learn its amazing history, while searching for treasures along the river shore, gardens, and grounds. Children’s brochures and picnic area available. Nature hunt included with regular admission tickets.

Kid's Day

June 5, 19, & 29, 2024

Berkeley invites families to experience eighteenth-century history, explore the gardens and grounds, see our ninth president’s birthplace, and walk the same floors as our founding fathers. Colonial games and children’s activities are available from
10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Admission is free for one child (age 16 and under) with one paying adult.

Admission tickets are purchased upon arrival. 

 

Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony

July 4, 2024

Annual commemoration honoring Benjamin Harrison V, one of seven Virginia signers of the Declaration of Independence and eighteenth-century owner of Berkeley Plantation.
Ceremony included with regular admission tickets. Hosted by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
The ceremony begins at noon. Gardens, grounds, exhibits, and house open 9:30-4:30

Hauntings at Berkeley

July 12, 2024

Stories of Berkeley’s paranormal activities is a fun and entertaining historical tour for the entire family. Includes a guided tour through the 1726 mansion followed by a self-guided tour of Berkeley’s gardens and grounds. The tour begins at 7:00 p.m.
$19 per adult / $8.00 per child (ages 6-16) Reservations required.

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Hauntings at Berkeley

July 26, 2024

Stories of Berkeley’s paranormal activities is a fun and entertaining historical tour for the entire family. Includes a guided tour through the 1726 mansion followed by a self-guided tour of Berkeley’s gardens and grounds. The tour begins at 7:00 p.m.
$19 per adult / $8.00 per child (ages 6-16) Reservations required.

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Experience life as a Civil War Soldier

Tour Harrison’s Landing at Berkeley Plantation

August 10, 2024

During July and August of 1862, Berkeley was occupied by General George McClellan’s Union troops.  Over 100,000 soldiers camped in the surrounding fields, and the entire U.S. Navy brought supplies and food between Hampton Roads and Harrison’s Landing. Berkeley’s manor house was used as a field hospital, bringing in the sick and wounded after the Seven Days Battles. While camped at Harrison’s Landing, General  Daniel Butterfield, with the help of his bugler, O.W. Norton, created “Taps” to honor his men.

A special Civil War tour captures the stories of the soldiers while camped at Berkeley. An encampment with reenactors  portraying the troops will be available throughout the day along with Jari Villanueva, Taps Bugler. Displays of  relics and artifacts found on the property will be on display.

The Civil War tours will begin at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. $19 per person.  Reservations are recommended for this special tour.

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Gardens, exhibits, encampment, and house open 9:30-4:30

Fall Events

 

Berkeley Homeschool Days

October 1 through 8, 2024

During the first week in October, Berkeley will offer a special rate to homeschool students and their families. Enjoy a guided house tour and learn about eighteenth- century life on a plantation. Explore the museum of paintings and artifacts, walk the five terraces of restored gardens leading to the James River and make your way through Berkeley’s corn maze. Picnic tables are available or bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic by the river shore.
The rate during this exclusive offer is $10.00 per adult and $6 per student (k-12).
Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more.

Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

October 1 through November 30, 2024

Bring the family to Berkeley to explore the colorful autumn gardens, river shore, and exhibits. Pick a pumpkin and find your way through the corn maze. The corn maze is included in Berkeley’s regular tour admission, an additional fee is charged to take home a pumpkin. Children can take part in our scavenger & nature hunts. Picnic tables are available or bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic by the river shore.

Twilight Ghost Tours

October 11, 25, & 31, 2024

Berkeley’s History and Hauntings will a “maze” you!
Hear the tales of Berkeley’s paranormal activities during a guided tour through the 1726 mansion, followed by a lantern-led walk through the gardens, grounds, and cemetery. You will then finish your ghostly experience with Berkeley’s challenging corn maze, with only the light of your lantern. $24.95 per person. Reservations required.

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Virginia Thanksgiving Festival at Berkeley Plantation

November 3, 2024

Celebrating the First English Thanksgiving in the New World
Join us for a day dedicated to history, food, and fun with a living history program, tribal dancers, arts, crafts & jewelry vendors, choral music, Thanksgiving foods and a re-enactment of the Landing of Capt. Woodlief & his men.
Activities and entertainment 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Thanksgiving re-enactment and program 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

For more information, visit: virginiathanksgivingfestival.net

 

Christmas Events

 

Centuries of Christmas

December 7, 2024 through January 1, 2025

Berkeley’s elegant 1726 mansion will be beautifully decorated throughout the holiday season. Costumed guides will add a special touch with stories of Christmas at Berkeley through four centuries of history.
Christmas tours are conducted daily 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The last tour begins at 3:00 p.m.

Christmas Wreath Workshop

December 7, 2024

Join our staff to learn techniques for creating your own Christmas wreath. We have all the items needed to make a beautiful wreath made from fresh greenery cut from Berkeley’s gardens. Make wreath making a holiday tradition and join us for a festive workshop creating a beautiful wreath to decorate your home for the season. Workshops begin at 10:00 & 1:00.
$45 per person. Reservations are required.

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Candlelight Christmas Tour

December 7, 14, 15, & 20, 2024

Break away from the hustle and bustle of the holidays and let your imagination travel back to a Colonial Christmas. Enjoy an exclusive after-hours candlelight tour of Berkeley’s 1726 Georgian mansion. Hear tales of Christmas celebrations of a bygone era, while enjoying traditional decorations of holly, pine, boxwood, and cedar. Following the tour, gather for Christmas caroling and wassail served in Berkeley’s mansion. Reservations are required. $24.95 per person.

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