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
Upcoming Events
  • March 1-31, 2014 Berkeley Home School Month
    During the month of March, Berkeley will offer a special rate to home schooled students and their families. Enjoy a guided house tour and learn 18th century life on a plantation, explore the museum of paintings and artifacts and walk the five terraces of restored gardens leading to the James River. Picnic area available.
  • April 26-May 3, 2014 Historic Garden Week at Berkeley Plantation


    Floral arrangements will be displayed throughout the elegant 1726 manor house. Enjoy walks in the restored boxwood and flower gardens, breathtaking vistas of the James River, and guided house tours with costumed guides. 9:30-4:30 888-466-6018
  • April 30, 2014 Afternoon Tea & Tour at Berkeley Plantation
    Enjoy an afternoon tea and guided house tour with costumed guides. The 1726 manor house will be beautifully decorated with fresh floral arrangements. Five terraces of restored boxwood gardens offer breathtaking vistas of the James River. Reservations required! 888-466-6018

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