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Evelynton Plantation

Charles City County, Virginia is a mostly rural county midway between Richmond and Williamsburg. Two main things support the local economy: rubbish and tourism. A large landfill which takes out-of-state rubbish employs many locals. Fortunately, it is well away from the plantation country along the river. Most of the plantations along the James River give tours, but the tourism industry here is at the mercy of these private property owners. The owners of Evelynton Plantation suddenly decided to close the property off to tourists some time between 2002 and 2007.

Are my guests and me the only ones on here who are willing to partake in the genuine beauty of Charles City County and the plantations along the James River? Granted, it is a bit off the beaten path, but you miss out on the true essence of Virginia (which is definitely not the concrete canyons of Northern Virginia) if you carry on overlooking the James River Plantations. Here are directions, so you no longer have any excuse to miss them.

From Richmond International (Byrd) Airport: Go NW on Richard E Byrd Terminal Dr for 0.2 miles (3.2 km.). Turn hard left onto Airport Dr. Turn right onto Eubank Rd 0.7 miles (1.1 km.). Turn left onto Laburnum Ave. 3.9 miles (6.3 km.). Turn left onto VA-5. Proceed to the plantation of your choice.

From I-95 (from Washington, DC): Merge onto I-295 S via EXIT 84A on the LEFT toward ROCKY MT NC. 22 mi. (35 km.) Merge onto VA-5 E via EXIT 22A toward CHARLES CITY proceeding eastward to the plantation of your choice.

From I-95 (from North Carolina): Merge onto I-295 N via EXIT 46 toward WASHINGTON. 2.9 miles (5 km.) Merge onto US-460 W/COUNTY DR via EXIT 3B toward PETERSBURG. 1.1 miles (1.7 km.) Turn RIGHT onto COURTHOUSE RD/VA-106. Continue to follow VA-106. 9.3 miles (15 km.) Turn RIGHT onto JAMES RIVER DR/VA-10 E/VA-106 E. 0.7 miles (1 km.) Turn LEFT onto VA-106/VA-156/JORDAN POINT RD. Continue to follow VA-106/VA-156. 4 miles (6.5 km.) Turn RIGHT onto VA-5/JOHN TYLER MEMORIAL HWY proceeding eastward to the plantation of your choice.

From I-64 (from Charlottesville): Merge onto I-295 S via EXIT 177 toward WASHINGTON/NORFOLK. 31.1 miles (50 km.) Merge onto VA-5 E via EXIT 22A toward CHARLES CITY go east to the plantation of your choice.

From I-64 (from Norfolk): Merge onto VA-199 W via EXIT 242A toward WILLIAMSBURG/BUSCH GARDENS/JAMESTOWN. 6.0 miles (9.7 km.) Turn LEFT onto VA-5 W/JOHN TYLER MEMORIAL HWY and proceed westward 20-30 miles (32-48 km.) to the plantation of your choice.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful countryside along plantation row (Route 5).
  • Cons:There are only two non-chain restaurants in the area.
  • In a nutshell:Enjoy the countryside and tour the plantations, but brown bag lunch if you don't like expensive fare.
  • Last visit to Charles City: Oct 2007
  • Intro Updated Oct 14, 2007
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  • SWFC_Fan's Profile Photo
    Oct 18, 2007 at 2:39 PM

    Great new tips, Nat! It sounds like you had an enjoyable weekend seeing the historical sights of Charles City!

  • Propermark's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2007 at 9:15 AM

    Nat wonderful page full of historical and practical info and beautiful pics.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2007 at 7:32 PM

    I'm so impressed with the degree of information, the organization, the helpful suggestions, and the wonderful photographs that accompany it all. You always make your tips so honest, so personal, and so interesting. Bravo!

  • ophiro's Profile Photo
    Aug 5, 2005 at 10:16 AM

    you know a lot about the small towns and their history ! another great page my friend !

  • ATXtraveler's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2005 at 5:57 PM

    Great historical information. Another place I need to check out!

  • dr.firas's Profile Photo
    Dec 16, 2004 at 3:23 AM

    Lovely Page and lovely marriage! :-D that's a nice new tip Naty ;-D

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Nov 29, 2004 at 3:09 PM

    Glad to see this page back in action! Great countryside, great plantations! Thank you very, very much for taking us there and to Indian Fields Tavern, we liked a lot, too!

  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2004 at 11:15 PM

    So what is the distinction between yankee and damn yankee?

  • rsleisk's Profile Photo
    Nov 8, 2004 at 11:27 AM

    Nice page on the Berkeley Plantation, I never new that Taps composed there.

  • belgianchocolate's Profile Photo
    Oct 17, 2004 at 10:03 AM

    The food sounds great...I think I would go for the ham as well. ;-)

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