While visiting the Williamsburg
area, don't miss out on touring one of the Historic plantations which are open to the
public. All are within a short distance from downtown Colonial Williamsburg. Many of
them feature special events, guided tours and activities year round.
Twenty five miles west of
Williamsburg is Sherwood Forest Plantation. The home of President John Tyler,
Sherwood Forest is still in the family. Guided tours feature the formal rooms of the
house. The grounds, including the original plantation outbuildings, are accessible
for a self guided tour. Snacks and gifts are available in the gift shop.
Shirley Plantation offers an intimate view
of the Hill-Carter family business spanning nearly four centuries. Shirley is the oldest
Plantation in Virginia, settled in 1613 and is the oldest family owned business in North
Home to Robert E. Lee's mother,
Shirley Plantation features the famous square three story flying
stairway. The home is beautifully furnished with family portraits,
silver and furniture. Situated on the James River, Shirley
Plantation is a working farm with exquisite grounds and gardens.
Location of the first
official Thanksgiving in America, Berkeley Plantation was the birthplace of Benjamin
Harrison. Built in 1726, Berkeley is furnished with rare antiques of the
period. Costumed guides conduct tours of the house daily. Don't
miss the terrace gardens overlooking the James River. An audio visual program and
museum exhibit area are also available. Lunch at the Coach House Tavern. Gift shop available.
Furnished throughout with 18th
century English and American antiques, Evelynton Plantation is available for special
events. The original house was destroyed during the Civil War in 1862 and was
rebuilt by famed architect Duncan Lee in the 1930's. The Georgian
Revival manor is surrounded by beautiful grounds and gardens.