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Shirley Plantation, Charles City
(4.1/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web)
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 plantation is kept up very well. Cotton fields surround it so we got to see cotton harvested and baled. The first floor was very interesting. The upper floors are still occupied by the family so ...  more »
  • Enjoyed touring the grounds and the planation. The tour guide was excellent and the house was beautiful. Was disappointed that we were only allowed to see the first floor, but do understand that the o...  more »
  • If you are even remotely interested in history, this is a must see, if only to hear the stories about this place from the guides. I highly recommend, if you are in the area, make the time to stop here...  more »
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  • A real gem and a delightful tour of the first floor of the house. The family still lives in the home and has kept it in great condition. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and kept us interested as he educated us on the history of the plantation and the family. The tour was a good value ($10) and the property really takes you back to a different period in American history.
  • We loved the Shirley Plantation. The tour guide was knowledgeable and sweet. I loved the details on the people that lived there. Seemed like a generation of smart, interesting people. The history in the ice room was fantastic! Thank you, Laura
  • Bad staff, charged me for my mentally disabled son who can't even walk through the grounds because he is 6 years old. What a joke. Don't come here.
  • Area looks nice but we couldn't see the value of the cost.
  • Very authentic plantation still has original family living within the house