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Which plantation should we visit?

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Which plantation should we visit?

We are thinking of stopping July 31, 2009 to visit a plantation along the James River. Any suggestions as to which one offers the best visit? Shirley Plantation? Berkely Plantation? Other?

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1. Re: Which plantation should we visit?

You may have already perused this site:

http://www.jamesriverplantations.org/

You will notice people have a favorite plantation or two.

A few years ago whle in Richmond we got to see Agecroft Hall close to Richmond which is still a favorite. A Tudor estate, actually built in England in the 15th Century, fell into disrepair, was purchased by a Richmond man, shipped to Richmond and reassembled there:

http://www.agecrofthall.com/

We also like Wilton House, built mid 1700s. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were guests. When you go to the site you can click on the other pages that will show pictures of it.

http://www.wiltonhousemuseum.org/index.html

Also, at times this has been a hot topic on the Virginia Forums...often in Williamsburg. So to capture all the info on several people's favs go to the Virginia Forum and type in the little empty box atop these posts the words favorite plantations or something like that. You'll get lots of good ideas.

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2. Re: Which plantation should we visit?

Thanks for the suggestions!

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3. Re: Which plantation should we visit?

Hi Dee1Dee,

Grew up around all the plantations and Berkely is my favorite. It is a private residence so you only tour the downstairs, but the very first Thanksgiving in America was held at the site and also the song "Taps" was composed at the plantation. The tour guides are very personable and welcome all questions. The last time I visited, a novelist was there to do historical research for a novel and had a ton of questions, all of them answered with knowledge and some humor. My son was a baby and a little fussy, so the grandmotherly tour guide ended up carrying him for most of the tour. I haven't been in a while, but the last time I was there, the old carriage house was a restaurant serving mostly local cuisine and very good. I think all of the plantations have their own "personality," so you probably cannot go wrong with any of them.

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