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7500 John Tyler Memorial Highway, Charles City, Virginia, 23030, United States
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Herring Creek (Evelynton) closeup
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What is the plantation?
Well, I knew that word although we don't have plantations in Poland, we have farms or farmlands.
Plantation is a large farm, esp. in tropical areas, on which a particular type of crop is grown. So there is for example tea, coffee, sugar, cotton, rubber plantation. Plantation is an area where trees are grown for wood, as well.
Newly established colonies esp. in the colonization of North America are called plantations. So it is more than only a large farm. It's rather early colonial community which consists of home of the owner, houses of plantation workers incl. slaves, other buildings and facilities and finally a large farm which specialized in one crop.
War Between the States
During the War Between the States, the plantations were treated differently by advancing federal troops.
Federal troops occupied Berkeley Plantation, and President Abraham Lincoln twice visited there in the summer of 1862 to confer with Gen. George B. McClellan. Even after the war, the Harrisons were never able to buy back the plantation.
Evelynton was the site of fierce skirmishes in 1862 during the War Between the States, when General George McClellan waged his destructive Peninsula Campaign; J.E.B. Stuart, Stonewall Jackson and John Pelham bravely led the Southern offensive in the Battle of Evelynton Heights. From this site on 2 July 1862 , Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart commanded his First Virginia Cavalry in the shelling of Federal soldiers encamped at Harrison's Landing and Westover Plains across Herring Creek. Known as "The Battle of Evelynton Heights" it contributed to the failure of Union General George B. McLellan's Peninsula campaign against Richmond. The original house and outbuildings were burned during that conflict, and the current residence was erected two generations later by Edmund Ruffin's great grandson, John Augustine Ruffin, Jr. and his wife Mary Ball Saunders.
As a result of the Battle of Malvern Hill, hundreds of wounded and dying federal troops wound up on the front lawn of the Shirley Plantation. The Carters could have tried to remove the clutter in their yard, but they gave comfort to the sick and wrote letters for the dying. As a result of that act of uncommon kindness during wartime, General McClellan granted Federal Order of Safeguard meaning federal troops were forbidden from acting aggressively against the Shirley Plantation.
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Matt and Urszula's visit to Charles City
Charles City is sadly little-known to the VT community. However, on 14 October 2004, Matt and Urszula went with me to Charles City to see Berkeley Plantation and eat at Indian Fields Tavern. They were blown away at the off the beaten path nature of this place and the contrast between urban Richmond and the suburbia that is Mechanicsville. We were all surprised to see a Hollywood movie crew filming what the Berkeley tour guide said would be a movie to be released in 2006. Matt snapped every place where photography wasn't expressly prohibited and one or two places where it was. We took the mansion tour, but they appeared to be more impressed with the grounds (the terraced land from the house to the river, the list of firsts, the width of the James River, and they had never seen a magnolia tree before). We had Virginia ham and James River chicken on the way out of Charles City to Colonial Williamsburg.
Cats are part of country life in Charles City. I found two of them in Indian Field Tavern restaurant. They ignored us and didn't want to pose. They were not allowed to enter the restaurant but they added some southern country charm to this great restaurant.
White fence and mailbox
This white, wooden fence and simple, metal, a little bit neglected mailbox on my picture belongs to Indian Field Tavern restaurant in Charles City. Both were typical features of the rural landscape in Virginia.
Keep in mind that the Americans say "mailbox" instead of "post box" althoufh the last word is understable for them.
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