Charles City’s Original
Hundreds & Settlements:

1613: Wests Sherley Hundred

1617: Smyth's/Southampton Hundred

1618: Tanks Weyanoke (circa)

1619: Westover

1619: Berkeley Town & Hundred

1620: Causey’s Care

1620: Swinhows's (circa)

Find out more about the English Settlements in the Natives in the Landscape feature.

Visit Charles City County Virginia

Attractions

Charles City County is a living museum of history, architecture and man’s stewardship of the land. Her residents have witnessed every major event in American history and given their lives in the making of a nation. Its world-renowned plantation homes and other historic sites are vessels of our nation’s history. They are the homes and workplaces of patriots and presidents, agricultural pioneers, merchants, millers, Native Americans and African Americans; but, they are above all – timeless treasures in a timeless setting.


Attractions (Open Daily)

Berkeley Plantation

Berkeley Plantation
12602 Harrison Landing Road

National Historic Landmark
Civil War Trails site
Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail site

Berkeley, one of Virginia’s most historic plantations, is the birthplace of Benjamin Harrison V., signer of the Declaration of Independence and William Henry Harrison, ninth U.S. president. The first official Thanksgiving was held here (1619). “Taps” was composed here (1862) at the Civil War Headquarters of General McClellan. Costumed guides conduct tours of the 1726 Georgian mansion daily. Outstanding gardens overlook the James River.

Open daily 9:30 – 4:30

Phone: (888) 466-6018
E-mail: info@berkeleyplantation.com
www.berkeleyplantation.com
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Charles City County Visitor Center & Courthouse

Charles City County Visitor Center & Courthouse
10760 & 10702 Courthouse Road

P.O. Box 128
Charles City, VA 23030

National Register of Historic Places
Civil War Trails Site

The Visitor Center is located in the county’s historic 1901 Clerk’s Office adjacent to the 3rd oldest courthouse in the country. Visitor Center exhibits invite guests to experience “the story of America in one small county” and acquaint visitors with things to see and do. Four outdoor interpretive exhibits provide visitors with information about Charles City’s historic courthouse and engagements at the courthouse during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.

Open daily 9-5

Phone: (804) 652-4701


Edgewood Plantation
4800 John Tyler Memorial Highway

National Register of Historic Places
Civil War Trails Site

Edgewood, built ca. 1849 in the Gothic Revival Style, surprises visitors with its northern exterior and southern interior, including a double spiral staircase and 10 fireplaces. Edgewood was used to hold services for Westover Church during the Civil War.

Grounds and gardens open daily 10:30 – 4:30.
House tours preferably by appointment.

Phone: (804) 829-2962
www.edgewoodplantation.com


North Bend Plantation
12200 Weyanoke Road

National Register of Historic Places

North Bend Plantation, ca 1801, was built by John Minge for his wife Sarah Harrison, sister of William Henry Harrison, 9th U.S. president. Gen. Sheridan and his union troops occupied the area in 1864 and a desk used by General Sheridan remains with original labels confirming the date of its use by him. Heirlooms at North Bend trace the family history to previous owners of Westover, Evelynton and Berkeley Plantations.

Civil War Trails site
Virginia Birding & Wildlife Trail site

Grounds and gardens open daily.
House tours by appointment only.

Phone: (804) 829-5176
E-mail: ridgely37@aol.com
www.northbendplantation.com


Piney Grove at Southall’s Plantation - 1790
16920 Southall Plantation Lane

National Register of Historic Places

Established as a seat of the Southall family, today the grounds also include Ashland-1835, Dower Quarter – 1835, Ladysmith – 1857, and Duck Church – 1917. The self-guided grounds tour includes exhibits, gardens and nature trail. On many Saturdays, or by appointment for groups, progressive guided “Tours-by-the-Owners” featuring all five historic buildings, and the gardens and grounds are offered.

Civil War Trails site
Virginia Birding & Wildlife Trail site

Grounds and gardens open daily.
House tours by appointment only.

Phone: (804)829-2480
E-mail: information@pineygrove.com
www.pineygrove.com
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River's Rest Marina & Resort
9100 Willcox Neck Road

River’s Rest is located on the Chickahominy River, one of the cleanest, most picturesque in Virginia. The 60 slip marina includes floating docks, double finger piers and dual 30 & 50 amp 220 electrical service. Drinks, gas, oil, bait, maps, boat supplies and fishing tackle sold. Pontoon boat rentals available.

Open daily

Phone: (804) 829-2753
www.riversrest.com
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Sherwood Forest Plantation
14501 John Tyler Memorial Highway

National Historic Landmark

Sherwood Forest Plantation was the home of the 10th U.S. President John Tyler from 1842 until his death in 1862, and has been continuously occupied by his descendants since that time. Original dependencies surround the home, along with a magnificent collection of tress and landscaped grounds. Enjoy a virtual tour of the home on our web site.

Civil War Trails site
Virginia Birding & Wildlife Trail site

Open 9-5 daily for self-guided grounds tours.
Group house tours by appointment only.

Phone: (804)-829-5377
www.sherwoodforest.org


Shirley Plantation 1613
501 Shirley Plantation Road

National Historic Landmark

The Carter family invites you to experience eleven generations of American history through the eyes of one family. The Carter family is grateful to the visitors who support the preservation of our historic home. Shirley is Virginia’s first plantation (1613) and the oldest family-owned business in North America (1638). With its collection of eight original buildings, Shirley Plantation is the most intact colonial estate in America. Today, Shirley continues to be a working farm, a private family home and a growing business. To learn more about Shirley and its tours, special events, hands-on programs, and gift shop visit our web site. The Carter family still lives at Shirley.

Open daily-
Summer hours (March-Nov.) are Monday-Saturday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Sunday 12:30 - 4:30 pm
Winter hours (Dec.- Feb.) are Monday-Saturday 10 am - 4:00 pm. Sunday 12:30pm - 4:00 pm

Phone: (804) 829-5121
www.shirleyplantation.com
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Westover
7000 Westover Road

National Historic Landmark

Westover is one of the most elegant colonial plantations. It was built about 1730 by William Byrd II, founder of Richmond and Petersburg, and is widely known for its superb proportions and the finest 18th century iron gates in this country. Self-guided grounds tour includes a walled garden, original dependencies and original site of Charles City Courthouse and Westover Parish Church and graveyard.

Civil War Trails site
Virginia Birding & Wildlife Trail site

Grounds and gardens open daily 9-6.
Group house tours by appointment only.

Phone: (804) 829-2882
E-mail: aerda@westover-plantation.com
www.westover-plantation.com
Follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/WestoverPlantation

 


Westover Church
16401 John Tyler Memorial Highway

National Register of Historic Places

Westover Parish was established circa 1613, and the original church was located on Westover Plantation. A new church was built at this location in 1731. Used as a stable during the Civil War, it was restored to service in 1867 and has been faithfully supported ever since. Through the centuries, farmers, plantation owners, slaves and presidents, including Washington, Jefferson, Harrison, Tyler, and Theodore Roosevelt, have worshipped in the church.

Open: Daily 9-5
Phone: (804) 829-2488
www.westoverepiscopalchurch.org


Attractions (By Appointment & Seasonal)

Barry's Berries and Jan's Jams

Barry's Berries and Jan's Jams
8200 West Cool Hill Road
Providence Forge, VA 23140

Enjoy the freshest unsprayed berries possible! 

We are a beautiful, well-maintained U-PICK berry farm.  We have blueberries, blackberries, figs, and mulberries in season, running from May thru October (see details below).  Call ahead for specific availability and appointments for picking.  Take a break from picking in our picnic area.  No animals, please.  Various jams are for sale in our farm store.

Open seven days a week by appointment only.

Blueberries: May – Aug
Blackberries: June, July
Figs: Aug
Mulberries: May, June

Phone: (804) 966-7357
E-mail: rosetre1@msn.com
www.jansjamsinc.com


Belle Air Plantation
11800 John Tyler Memorial Highway

National Register of Historic Places

Built ca. 1670, this important architectural monument uniquely survives in the South. Huge timbers provide structure and interior decorative panels. Summer beams and the fine original Jacobean stair balustrade are particularly ornamental. Heirloom collections of exceptionally fine 18th century English and American antiques, including antique oriental carpets tastefully complete the décor of the first and second floors.
(No rooms are roped off for this intimate tour with the owner
and experienced guides.)

Open: By appointment for groups of 20 or more.

Phone: (804) 829-2431


Fort Pocahontas at Wilson’s Wharf
13150 Sturgeon Point Road

National Register of Historic Places

Ft. Pocahontas at Wilson’s Wharf was the site of the action between the United States Colored Troops (USCTs) and the Confederate Cavalry on 24 May 1864. Although outnumbered by the 2,500 cavalry led by Gen. Fitzhugh Lee, the 1400 USCTs successfully defended the fort under the leadership of Gen. Edward A. Wild. The action comes alive each year during the weekend prior to Memorial Day.

Open by appointment for groups of 10 or more.

Phone: (804) 829-9722
www.fortpocahontas.org


Kittiewan
12104 Weyanoke Road

National Register of Historic Places

Land given to Governor George Yeardley in 1617. Home of Dr. William Rickman appointed by Continental Congrees, May 16, 1776, in charges of hospitals in Virginia during the Revolutionary War. Occupied by Union Forces during the Civil War. Museum of Americana. Headquarters of the Archeology Society of Virginia.

Open house tours are the second Saturday of each month from April thru December 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Other tours by appointment.

Phone: (804) 829-2272
www.kittiewanplantation.org
Follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/Kittiewan


Renwood Fields & Farm Museum
17575 Sandy Point Road

With music, scripts and interactive activities, the cornfield maze and museum provide an agritainment event in which all generations can be entertained.

Seasonal:
July & Aug. – by appointment only
Sept. – Sat. 10 am to dusk
Oct. – Fri. & Sat. 10 am to 10 pm.

Phone: (804) 829-5399
www.renwoodfieldsmaze.com