Edgewood Plantation

4800 John Tyler Memorial Highway (Route 5), Charles City, Virginia, 23030, United States
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Plantations - plan your trip

by matcrazy1

Even if you are great fan of old plantations, gardens and historic houses do not try to visit too many in one day. We visited the Berkeley Plantation in the morning, ate early lunch in Indian Tavern restaurant and visited Colonial Williamsburg in the afternoon. We saw a lot but we didn't have much time.

Plan your trip to the plantations in advance and keep in mind their different opening hours and remember that some plantations offer tours only by appointment.

1. Shirley Plantation
Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Tickets $10.50, 9.00 am - 4.30 pm.

2. Edgewood Plantation
Historic tours by appointment only. Call: +1 (804) 829-2962

3. Berkeley Plantation

4. Westover Plantation
The grounds and garden are open daily 9.00 am - 6.00 pm but the house is not open to the public.

5. Evelynton Plantation
The house, grounds and gardens are open daily 9.00 am - 5.00 pm.

6. Belle Air Plantation
The plantation is open 9.00 am - 8.00 pm by appointment only. Call +1 (804) 829-2431.

7. Piney Grove at Southall's Plantation
The gardens and grounds are open daily 9.00 am - 5.00 pm for self-guided tours ($3.00).

8. North Bend Plantation
By appointment only. Call: +1 (804) 829-5176.

9. Sherwood Forest Plantation
Open 9.00 am - 5.00 pm daily.

Plantations along scenic Route 5

by matcrazy1

This old route starts from Richmond's Main Street and goes east, just north of the wide James River through Charles City and all the way to Williamsburg.

In addition to picturesque landscapes there are the James River Plantations along the route, all located in Charles City County, privately owned and open to the public. Driving from Richmond there are ony by one:

1. Shirley Plantation
Tthe oldest plantation in Virginia (1613) and the oldest family-owned business in North America (1638).

2. Edgewood Plantation
Previously part of the Berkeley Plantation, currently it houses Bed & Breakfast Inn and is an example of Carpenter's Gothic architecture.

3. Berkeley Plantation - read my Must See Activities tips.

4. Westover Plantation
Built ca 1730 by William Byrd II, the founder of Richmond. There are secret underground passageways (an escape from Indians). The house is told to be one of the most outstanding example of Georgian architecture in America.

5. Evelynton Plantation
It was part of the Westover Plantation at the beginning. The original house and out-buildings were burned during the War Between the States in 1862. The current Georgian Revival manor house was built in 1937.

6. Belle Air Plantation
Built ca 1670, it is known for its original massive heartpine timbers and America's finest Jacobean stairway. Currently it is a bed and breakfast. 7. Piney Grove at Southall's Plantation
Built ca 1790 and first settled by Virginia's prominent Southall family, it's considered the best preserved example of Early Log Architecture in Tidewater Virginia.

8. North Bend Plantation
Built in 1819 it houses bed and breakfast now. Known for original antiques, rare books, old dolls and a rich Civil War history.

9. Sherwood Forest Plantation
First mentioned in 1616, it was the home of the 10th U.S. President John Tyler from 1842 until his death in 1862. Ther is the longest frame house in America (ca 1720), a classic example of Virginia Tidewater design.

Photos

one of many basement photo opportunitiesone of many basement photo opportunities

picture of the first distillerypicture of the first distillery

Terraced gardens leading to the James RiverTerraced gardens leading to the James River

Ron & Kim Lushbaugh, 10 September 1994Ron & Kim Lushbaugh, 10 September 1994

Travel Tips for Charles City

Good introduction

by matcrazy1

The short movie on the Berkeley Platation, its history, people, traditions and present day was played at small movie theater. It was good introduction for the visit around this most historical Virginia's plantation. Ask the costumed lady at the counter in the ticket office about the movie. Take there the small leaflet about the plantation to get more info.

Daughters of the American Colonists

by matcrazy1

The first official Thanksgiving Day occured on December 4, 1619 on what would become Berkeley Plantation. This commemorating plaque on my picture was put on the mansion of the Berkeley Plantation in 1969 that was in the 350th anniversary of this event. Nothing very special but at the bottom I found the writing: "Erected by The National Society Daughters of The Colonists. 1969." What's that?

The National Society Daughters of The American Colonists (NSDAC) is the organisation of women, citizens of the USA, who can prove lineal, blood line descent from an ancestor who rendered civil or military service in any of the colonies prior to July 4, 1776. It was founded to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and secure America's future through better education for children.

A day before, in Richmond, I found National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR) and the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC). There is also National Society Children of the American Colonists (NSCAC) and National Society Sons of the American Colonists (NSSAC) and many other similar organisations.

I think that it is very American to found such "aristocratic" organisations where membership is possible exclusively for persons who can proof their "right" roots and which main goal is to preserve heritage. History and family roots are very important for right many Americans. That's why more and more of 10 milion Americans with Polish roots visit their old homecountry - Poland recently. You are welcome :-).

Colorful meadows

by matcrazy1

This picture was taken by the Indian Fields Tavern restaurant. Although it was already mid-October the meadow was still green with some yellow and violet plants/flowers added. I realised that this part of Virginia must have warmer climate than Poland has. In Poland green colour disappers at late September.

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