Shirley Plantation, Charles City

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Shirley Plantation is more than a historic house with authentic family furnishings! Shirley has original outbuildings with displays and exhibits such as a time line spanning nearly 400 years of American history, ice harvest display in the original ice pit loft, archaeology panels and new artifact display, slavery and servitude exhibit, food preparation display, architecture panels, farm equipment and more. Enjoy the scenic James River from the lawn or take in the expansive view of fields of wheat, corn, cotton or soybeans.
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  • This is the very first plantation in Virginia and it is the oldest family-owned business in America. The grand exterior architecture is extremely impressive, particularly when it is learned that once ...  more »
  • Shirley Plantation offers multiple opportunities for exploring both inside and out. The tour of the house and history of the family owners was interesting and informative. Great opportunity to see cot...  more »
  • This Plantation is a truly magnificent place to see. It is so gorgeous and well maintained you would not believe its age. It brings back the past in a most truly effective way and offers you a pleasan...  more »
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  • Wonderful tour and a beautiful day at Shirley Plantation. Our tour guide was awesome-made history come to life. Had lunch at the Shirley Winery next door. Food and service was great. Enjoyed lunch overlooking the James River on the back porch.
  • Beautiful place with interesting antique items in the interior. Our guide, Carolyn, was nice and very informative. Also, I met the plantation cat and dog on the grounds and they're both super friendly!
  • A beautiful plantation with an extremely knowledgeable guide. Try and arrive early enough to enjoy the winery and restaurant as well.
  • This place is so cool! And it's in such a beautiful country setting on the water. I would have never imagined how much history there was in this house. Our tour guide was Julian and he did an awesome job! The family still occupies the top floor of the house and is very welcoming to the visitors. Definitely recommend checking out if you're in the area, well worth the money. And check out the almost 400 year old oak tree at the back by the river! Oh and they offer a military discount so be sure to ask about that if you're stationed here like we are!
  • Fabulous cozy winery and restaurant. Food, wine, and service are great. Went in December but will definitely be returning in the spring to wine and dine on the amazing back porch with water views. Toured the plantation house which was beautifully decorated for Christmas. Tour was fun and informative. Perfect finish to our day.

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