James River Landing Travel Guide

  • WESTOVER plantation
    WESTOVER plantation
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  • Tiffany & Noel on the James River
    Tiffany & Noel on the James River
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  • The gift shop/restrooms located in farm buildings
    The gift shop/restrooms located in farm...
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  • Shirley Plantation and some outbuildings

    The home is recognized as an architectural treasure. Its famous carved walnut staircase rises for three stories without visible means of support, and is the only one of its kind in AmericaThe superb paneling and elegant wood carving are fine examples of the work of 18th-century artisans. Shirley is a home filled with family portraits, furniture,...

  • Shirley Plantation "welcome sign"

    During the Revolution, Shirley was a supply center for the Continental Army. Twice, it was a listening post for both sides in the no-man's land between the British at City Point, now Hopewell, and Lafayette's army at Malvern Hill.A century later, during the War Between the States, Shirley survived the Peninsula Campaign and the struggle for nearby...

  • Driveway leading to Shirley Plantation

    A visit to Shirley Plantation affords a panorama of rare historical continuity. Shirley was founded six years after the settlers arrived at Jamestown in 1607 to establish the first permanent English Colony in the New World.Shirley Plantation, granted to Edward Hill in 1660, features the pineapple (the Colonial symbol of hospitality) in the...

  • Gates to the Berkeley Plantation

    These are the gates that lead to the Berkeley Plantation. You have to take a side road off Rt 5 (which is clearly marked) and follow it to the Berkeley Plantation which is the neighbor plantation to Westover.Once there, you leave the hardtop road and get on a dirt driveway and pass through these gates.It is lovely.At Berkeley the date of the...

  • Berkeley Plantation

    William Henry Harrison, Benjamin's third son, born at Berkeley, was the famous Indian fighter known as "Tippecanoe," who later became the ninth President of the United States, in 1841. His grandson, Benjamin Harrison, was the 23rd President.On December 4, 1619, early settlers from England came ashore at Berkeley and observed the first official...

  • Berkeley Plantation highway marker on Rt...

    Berkeley, on the James River between Williamsburg and Richmond, is the birthplace of a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a U.S. President.Benjamin Harrison, son of the builder of Berkeley and the plantation's second owner, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and three-time Governor of Virginia

  • Westover highway marker on Rt 5

    This is the highway marker on Rt 5 before you get to the Westover plantation. There are many highway markers on along this route.

  • Westover Plantation sign on the James...

    The house is considered one of the most outstanding example of Georgian architecture in America. Of special notice is the unusually steepness of the roof, the tall chimneys in pairs at both ends. Another special touch is the elaborate doorway, which continues to be recognized as "the Westover doorway" despite its adaptation to many other...

  • Tombstone of William Byrd at Westover...

    This is the tombstone of the originial owner William Byrd in the gardens of Westover plantation.Turning from the river to the north side of the house, the visitor will find the famous Westover gates, with William Evelyn Byrd's initials incorporated in the delicate ironwork. The lead eagles on the gateposts are a play on the name "Byrd." The...


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