Located on the James River, the historic Berkeley Plantation makes for a day out that is both educational and relaxing, with opportunities to enjoy lovely gardens and vistas as well as learning about important events in American history. You can enjoy checking out the beautiful 1726 mansion house, which has been lovingly preserved and is full of fascinating and striking antiques. You can also see the site of the very first proper Thanksgiving, which happened here in 1619.
As well as the first Thanksgiving, the Berkeley Plantation is also historically important as the birthplace of the 9th American president, Henry Harrison, as well as housing the headquarters of General McClellan during the civil war. The history of the Berkeley Plantation is brought to life by tour guides and other staff in full period costume, who can answer all of your questions about the story of this site. There is also a museum where you can learn about and see even more interesting artifacts from the plantation’s storied past.
Another big draw for the Berkeley Plantation is its amazing gardens. You can explore five terraces of floral gardens and trees, offering you stunning views of the river. While the Plantation is open to visitors all year round, if you want to get the most out of these outdoor areas then it is advisable to go on a nice day.
The Berkeley Plantation is open seven days a week from 9am to 5pm. The only days on which it is closed are Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
If you want to find out more about all of the things to see and do at the Berkeley Plantation and plan your visit, check out their website at www.berkeleyplantation.com. This is also the place to go to find out about any special events going on at the Berkeley Plantation. You can also contact the team on (888) 466-6018 or (804) 829-6018 if you have any questions or need any special assistance on your visit.