The Bed and Breakfast at Peace Hill

18401 Glebe Lane, Charles City, Virginia, 23030, United States
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Sherwood Forest Plantation Highway Marker

by butterflykizzez04

Along the Rt 5 James River road you will find tons of highway markers depicting interesting and historical information.

If you have time, and traffic permits, stop and read them. They are very interesting.

Evelynton Plantation GBNF

by b1bob

The good news is, Evelynton Plantation didn't burn down as too many historical places do. The bad news is, the owners have decided to discontinue the tours. However, Evelynton Plantation has too much history and beauty for me to remove from the page altogether. Due to its prime location on the James River, it was a popular venue for weddings. My friends Ron and Kim Lushbaugh exchanged vows there before a crowd of more than 100 on 10 September 1994. My first impression on arriving was that the ice sculpture wouldn't make the "I do's". The wind blew out the unity candle. After the ceremony and before the reception on the terrace, a horse-drawn carriage whisked away Ron and Kim. It was a right nice wedding- a bit too fancy for my taste.

Evelynton was originally part of Westover Plantation. Named for Byrd's daughter, Evelyn, this site has been home to the Ruffin family since 1847. The family patriarch, Edmund Ruffin, fired the first shot of the Civil War at Fort Sumter, South Carolina.

The drawing room is where women would withdraw while the men SHOT THE BULL (chatted usually with exaggeration), smoked, etc. in the library. Today, a suntan can signify that a person is well-traveled, particularly to tropical climates. Years ago, however, a suntan signified that you were a labourer. It wouldn't do for a rich socialite to look as if she had done work, which explained the high fire screen.

In the dining room, the guide gave an interesting presentation on how they marked and counted silverware after guests left. I saw a pineapple carved into the wood on the mantle.

The thing that was most unique was they put the public loos in the silo.

It's sad to see Evelynton crossed off the list of plantations open to tourists. I hope the misbehaviour by a miniscule few tourists didn't cause the owners to close it to tourists. Hopefully, future generations will reopen it to tourism.

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View of the James River

by b1bob

The river was actually the safest mode of transport in the early days of the plantation. Think about it, traveling by horse drawn coach by land made one vulnerable to highway robbery (and I'm not talking about ticket prices to the plantations). The river was not only the choice mode of transport for people, but also for crops.

Window and pastel colours

by matcrazy1

The window of the administrative house of the Berkeley Plantation, on my picture, had wooden shutters painted in light, soft, delicate blue colour. The house was painted in pastel, pink colour.

Hmm... I thought that soft, pastel colours are unique to some Mediterranean areas in, say, Italy or France. The plantations of Virginia were settled by colonists from England at the beginning in 17th century. Then a lot of different nationalities come.

Jumping squirrel

by matcrazy1

Walking around the grounds of the Berkeley Plantation I saw right many running and jumping squirrels. In contrast to the ones in Richmond they didn't want to pose. Country squirrels are a humble lot. City squirrels apparently can't get enough photo opportunities. They have a lot of food around and didn't pay any attention to human beings and food they may bring to them. Well, generally you are not allowed to feed any wild animals in the USA unless it's clearly stated (at a petting zoo for example).

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