Berkeley Plantation corn maze and pumpkin patch

Centuries of Christmas

December 3, 2016 – January 1, 2017

 

The elegant 1726 mansion will be beautifully decorated with fresh greenery from Berkeley’s gardens.  Costumed guides will add a special touch to your holiday season with stories of Christmas at Berkeley through four centuries of history.

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Step back in time to a bygone era and experience a genteel 18th century lifestyle. 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.

 

Photography: Gary Smith Images

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12602 Harrison Landing Road

Charles City, Virginia 23030

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

Phone: (804) 829-6018

Toll Free: 1 (888) 466-6018

Fax: (804) 829-6757

Email: info@berkeleyplantation.com

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