12602 Harrison Landing Road

Charles City, Virginia 23030




Phone:  888-466-6018

Toll Free: 1-888-466-6018

Fax: (804) 829-6757

Email: info@berkeleyplantation.com



Latitude          Longitude

37.317⁰N        77.180⁰W


              Berkeley is located off

State Route 5

Between Richmond & Williamsburg

Welcome to Berkeley Plantation

Step back in time to a bygone era and experience a genteel 18th century life style. Nowhere can you find a more unspoiled and tranquil environment. Our history begins in 1619 when settlers observed the first official Thanksgiving in America.
Berkeley’s 1726 Georgian mansion is the birthplace of Benjamin Harrison V, signer of the Declaration of Independence and three times governor of Virginia. The estate is also the birthplace of William Henry Harrison, ninth President of the United States, and ancestral home of his grandson, Benjamin Harrison, the twenty-third President.
During the Civil War, Berkeley was occupied by General George McClellan’s Union troops. While at Berkeley, General Daniel Butterfield composed the familiar tune “Taps”, first played by his bugler, O.W. Norton.
Enthusiastic guides in period costumes conduct tours of the mansion daily. The mansion is furnished with a magnificent collection of 18th century antiques and artifacts.
Grounds tours are self-guided and include five terraces of boxwood and flowering gardens leading to the James River, monuments to the First Thanksgiving and to Taps, and the Harrison family graveyard.
The gardens provide an elegant setting for weddings and private events.
The first Sunday in November, Berkeley celebrates the historic 1619 landing with the Virginia Thanksgiving Festival.
In December, the plantation is decorated with traditional holiday decorations of fresh greenery and natural arrangements from Berkeley’s gardens.
A Virginia and National Historic Landmark  

This Seasons Events

  • July 2, 2016


    History of Taps:

    America’s Most Famous Bugle Call


    Jari Villanueva, Bugler and Taps historian will present a program on the history of the bugle call Taps

    at Berkeley Plantation on Saturday July 2, 2016.


    This program, which will be repeated during the day, will be held in front of the historic mansion at Berkeley

    on the grounds of Harrison’s Landing where the bugle call Taps was born in July 1862.


    Villanueva will play calls, talk about Berkley’s connection to Taps and be available for questions

    about the origin of America’s most famous bugle call plus sign copies of his book, “Twenty-Four Notes That Tap Deep Emotions.”


    Program included with admission tickets.


    Villanueva coordinated the 150th anniversary commemorations held at Arlington National Cemetery

    and at Berkeley Plantation in July 2012.


    He served as a bugler at Arlington with the US Air Force Band for 23 years and was active as a re-enactor for over 15 years.


  • June 1 through August 31, 2016


    Children's Nature Hunt

    at Berkeley Plantation


    Bring the family to Berkeley and learn its amazing history, while searching for treasures along the river shore, gardens and grounds.


    Children's brochures and picnic area available.  Nature hunt included with regular admission tickets.




  • July 4, 2016


    Berkeley Plantation Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony

    Annual Commemoration honoring Benjamin Harrison V,

    one of seven Virginia signers of the Declaration of Independence

    and 18th century owner of Berkeley Plantation.




    Ceremony included with regular admission tickets.


    Hosted by the Daughters of the American Revolution.




  House & Gardens

Open Daily


Hours of Operation

April - December 9:30-4:30


Tours Conducted Daily

9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Last tour begins at 4:30 p.m.





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