"Berkeley Hundred Plantation, September 2001" James River Landing Travelogue by butterflykizzez04
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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. Located on Rt.5, 27 miles west of Williamsburg. Open daily 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed on Christmas day.
on Virginia Route 5
12602 Harrison Landing Road
Charles City, Virginia 23030
Telephone (804) 829-6018
Toll Free (888) 466-6018
OPEN DAILY 9 AM to 5 PM.
The handsome Adam woodwork and the double arches of the "Great Rooms" in the mansion were installed by Benjamin Harrison VI in 1790 at the direction of Thomas Jefferson. The rooms in Berkeley are furnished with a magnificent collection of eighteenth century antiques.
Good Housekeeping magazine suggests: "If you only have time for one plantation, Berkeley should be at the top of your list." Says U.S. Sen. Charles Robb: "If you haven't been to Berkeley, you haven't lived."
Berkeley's ten acres of formal terraced boxwood gardens and lawn extend a quarter-mile from the front door to the James River. In the basement, the original hand-hewn floor joists are visible. The basement also displays models of early plantation buildings.
George Washington, and later the succeeding nine Presidents of the United States, all enjoyed the famous hospitality of Berkeley in this dining room with its view of the James River.In that same tradition, the highly acclaimed Coach House Tavern is open daily for refreshments and traditional colonial dining. Group reservations are suggested. Call 804/829-6003.
Berkeley plantation was first settled in 1619, just twelve years after Jamestown. Thirty-eight brave men from Berkeley Parish in England, sailed to Virginia to seek their fortunes. They came ashore at Berkeley December 4, 1619, and gave thanks to God for a safe journey. Their instructions were:
"Wee ordaine that the day of our ships arrivall at the place assigned for plantacon in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually keept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God."
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