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Sherwood Forest Plantation, Charles City

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Sherwood Forest Plantation, also known as John Tyler House, is located on the north bank of the James River in Charles City County, Virginia. It is located on State Route 5, a scenic byway which runs between the independent cities of Richmond and Williamsburg. The house is located approximately 1.5mi from the river.HistorySherwood Forest is the only private residence in the United States to have been owned by two unrelated United States Presidents. William Henry Harrison inherited the plantation, then named Walnut Grove, in 1790 and held it for three years. He sold the 3,000acre property in 1793 having never lived in the house. Harrison's successor John Tyler purchased the plantation, which by then had been reduced to 1,600acre, in 1842 and lived there after leaving the White House.John Tyler renamed the plantation Sherwood Forest in 1842. He said it signified that he had been "outlawed" by the Whig party. He was attracted to the plantation because it was near his birthplace at Greenway Plantation. He retired there when he left the White House in 1845 and spent the rest of his life there with his second wife and some of his children - he had eight with his first wife, and seven with his second wife.
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  • Found out it was too late to book a tour of the house, so we toured the grounds on our own. The exterior of the house is impressive, but not overwhelming. The little self-guide they provide, $10/perso...  more »
  • John Tyler was the 10th President of the United States. But you probably didn't know that. You will if you visit his beautiful plantation, Sherwood Forest, which is located on State Route 5, the James...  more »
  • We went there as part of a fund raising activity for a local church. Not only did we get a history of the house and the Tyler family, but they did a "stirrup cup" where a local fox hunting master came...  more »
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  • We walked the grounds and really enjoyed the landscaping. I've read that there were 8 miles of walking trails that I was unable to find. In our attempt to locate this said trail we did however find a no trespassing sign and beware of dogs sign which made me scratch my head for 1/10 of a second as they started barking and gave chase to my fat but. In the end we're OK because we watch the "Dog Whisperer" and now it's just a funny story. But please do heed the trespassing signs and especially the beware of the dogs. Thanks for reading.