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“Interesting history”

Berkeley Plantation
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Electric Bike Tour to Historical Berkeley Plantation with Lunch
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Owner description: First settled in 1619, this historic estate is the birthplace of Benjamin Harrison V, a signer of the American Declaration of Indepenence, and his son William Henry, who later became president of the United States.
Reviewed 31 May 2014 via mobile

This place holds allot of history we didn't know about. Military taps was invented here and they claim to have held the first thanksgiving. Nice grounds right on the river.

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Reviewed 14 May 2014

One of many early Virginia tobacco plantations on the James River, Berkeley Manor became the home of the Harrison family, which included Benjamin Harrison V who signed the Declaration of Independence, William Henry Harrison who was elected 9th President but died shortly after taking office, and Benjamin Harrison who became the 23rd President. The mansion is decorated with furniture of the Federal style, as if it were dressed and waiting for George Washington or Thomas Jefferson to pay a visit.

The terraced gardens and grounds extend all the way to the James River, with plenty of opportunity to explore and even picnic. The family cemetery is a short walk from the house, as is the commemorative marker where Gen. Daniel Butterfield composed “Taps” in 1862.

The plantation homes on the James River all have interesting stories. Berkeley’s story is one of the most fascinating.

1  Thank HalfMaryPat
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

This plantation holds much of History. Birthplace of Pres. W H Harrison. Site of the First Original Thanksgiving in 1619. The location where 'Taps' was first played. Take the home tour, but also allow time to walk the grounds and to spend time at the waters edge of the James River.

2  Thank MHarding1
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

Docents at Berkeley really do a wonderful job of taking you back to gentler place and time in the life of our most beautiful state of Virginia. The drive from Richmond or Williamsburg along the John Tyler Memorial Highway sets the tone for a leisurely and relaxing visit back to the Colonial era. The pace of the tours and the strolls around the grounds are intentionally kept slow to allow visitors enough time to absorb the rich heritage of this place.

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Reviewed 9 May 2014

Did not attend the Plantation in a tourism sense, so not speaking for the tours and visiting aspect. However, my best friend just got married here this passed weekend and was outstanding. The Plantation was gorgeous, and the landscapes were incredible. Was able to see some of the historical parts that were really interesting. But, if looking for a site to hold a wedding, ceremony, etc. I recommend here.

Thank Aj D
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