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  
  • April 23-30, 2016


    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 daily


    $11 pp





  • April 24 & 26, 2016


    Afternoon Tea at Berkeley Plantation


    Sip tea and enjot finger sandwiches, scones and pastries in the midst of the beautiful spring

     gardens at historic Berkeley Plantation.


    Includes guided house tour and self guided garden tour.  1:00 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.


    $36.00 pp


    Reservations required.




    www.berkeley plantation.com


  • April 26 & 28, 2016


    James River Plantation Tour


    Berkeley, Shirley and Westover Plantations Combination Ticket

    A tour of some of our nation’s most historic treasures

    from colonial era.


    Combination ticket offered for $35 per person.

    Includes house and gardens at each site.


    Call 1-888-466-6018 for more information.

  • April 27, 2016


    James River Plantations Historic Garden Week Tour


    Sponsored by

    the Garden Club of Virginia


    Berkeley, Shirley and Westover Plantations along

    with Westover Church, Upper Shirley Grounds,

    Dogham and Riverview Farms

    celebrate Historic Garden Week.


    Tour proceeds fund the restoration and preservation of gardens throughout the state.


    For more information and to purchase combo tickets visit




  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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