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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  • When we arrived, we realized that we had already toured this plantation years ago. The plantation was supposed to be open, but it was not. Shirley Plantation is the oldest active plantation in Virgini...  more »
  • The owners of Shirley Plantation are the 11th generational descendants of the original owners. We had the pleasure of having one of the owners as our tour guide, and the historical perspective provide...  more »
  • As the oldest plantation in North America and the childhood home of General Robert E. Lee’s mother, this plantation is significant historically. It’s a little pricey for what it is but very enjoyable.  more »
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  • Beautiful property. Very informative tour with a charming guide. The place is so well preserved and the buildings and grounds are just gorgeous. The outlying building that you're able to explore alone all have a wealth of information inside of them.
  • Oldest family run business in the country. Beautifully​ preserved house with period downstairs rooms and several interesting brick out buildings​. Excellent long term tour guide.
  • Just beautiful. Highly recommend choosing something from the menu in your time here! The grilled cheese was out of this world as was the wine!
  • Shirley Plantation is the most authentically historic plantation I have ever seen. It had been lived on by descendants of the same family for 12 generations. The outbuildings are all original & the grounds & view if the James River are magnificent.
  • Our American history is so incredible here. 11 generations strong and still living in the same house for 279 years.

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