"Land of James River plantations" Charles City by matcrazy1

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Berkeley plantation,site of the first Thanksgiving

Nat (b1bob) planned for us to visit famous Colonial Williamsburg on our second day in American soil. First, we went by car to scenic Virginia Route 5 and we visited Berkely plantation - the first plantation I ever visited. Thank you Nat, it was great choice. There are a few other plantations nearby.

The Berkeley Plantation is the place where:

1. The first official Thanksgiving in America took place in 1619.

2. The first bourbon whiskey was distilled in 1621.

3. William Henry Harrison, the ninth president of the USA (1841) was born in 1773. His grandson, Benjamin Harrison was the 23rd President.

4. The first time Army bugle call "Taps" was played in 1862.

Pretty landscapes and no city :-)

Charles City in real is not a city but the county located east of Richmond along the northern bank of an impressive James River. The county has total population of only a little bit over 6,000 and... no city. Instead we saw beautiful fall landcapes with lakes, forests and farmlands. This area looks very similar to where I live in Poland.

Delicious food :-)

On the way to Williamsburg we ate delicious and authentic Southern lunch in Indian Fields Tavern restaurant. The restaurants in Richmond were great but... nothing compared to this one.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Historic plantations, pretty nature, delicious southern food
  • Cons:None!
  • In a nutshell:Discover the most historic plantations in the USA!
  • Last visit to Charles City: Oct 2004
  • Intro Updated Mar 10, 2005
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  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Oct 10, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    First Bourbon distilled, that is interesting! Virginia cooking looks yummy! A great historic page with a lot of information.

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2007 at 3:17 AM

    A great location and tour of the historic plantations. Odd that you couldn't get the sqirrels to pose for you.

  • whitecliff62's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2006 at 12:44 PM

    Beautiful countryside and fine houses, looks like a superb place to explore, love the pic of the cannon ball embedded in the wall

  • margaretvn's Profile Photo
    May 1, 2005 at 2:26 AM

    another fantastic page Matt!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2005 at 9:09 AM

    Matt, I really enjoyed your description and photos of your Platation visit! Great information on this historic part of America. I have driven by a few times but, like you when in Europe, I was always headed for warm temperatures further south!!

  • JudyinPA's Profile Photo
    Mar 12, 2005 at 1:42 PM

    That colonial architecture is still used today with some new houses. Colonial furnishings and architecture are preferred by some of the people. This is a state full of our beginnings and history. Glad you enjoyed this place.

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2005 at 5:27 AM

    Poor Nat looks like he slept right through his mornig shave. ;) Chesapeake oysters with Old Bay sounds yummy.

  • lmkluque's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2005 at 9:59 AM

    Great page! You use a right many Southern phrases Matt. I wonder, do you have a Southern accent now?

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jan 3, 2005 at 8:53 AM

    You do such a lovely job on your pages! Thanks Matt!

  • Goner's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2004 at 9:06 PM

    Another super page. HOW WAS THE WILD TURKEY, LOL


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