"Plantation Row" Charles City by acemj

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Berkeley Plantation

The James River Plantation Row includes a number of old southern plantations, VT member b1bob and I picked Berkeley because of its fame as the site of the first Thanksgiving.

Berkeley Plantation was originally built in 1726 on the banks of the James River. It was owned by Benjamin Harrison IV, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and three time governor of Virginia. His son, William Henry Harrison, like his father, was born at Berkeley and later became the 9th President of the United States. His grandson, Benjamin Harrison VI also became President (the 23rd U.S. President).

One interesting fact that I learned while visiting Berkeley is the difference between a "plantation" and a "farm." A plantation has only one crop while a farm can produce many crops.

Admission to Berekely Plantation is $10.50 for an adult.

Map of James River Area

The other plantations along the James River include Shirley, Westover, Evelynton and Sherwood Forest.

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