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Shirley Plantation, Charles City

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.2/5 based on 280+ 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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  • I took my parents there for a visit and we were not disappointed. We had no idea that it has remained in the same family since it was built. Furthermore, the youngest descendants live on the property ...  read more »
  • When I was a child, my parents brought us to Shirley Plantation, so when we were driving by and saw the name, we decided to stop with our children! We enjoyed the tour of the lower level of the house ...  read more »
  • This is a true beauty. Our visit to Shirley plantation was a great experience. If you are a lover of historic homes this is a must see. We loved all the trim and art in the home. The grounds and build...  read more »
  • 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
  • Very nice setting, great looking home especially the staircase that was very unique. The main lobby/hall reminded me of the Haunted Mansion at Disney World. I fully expected the picture frames to start extending. Alas, they did not. Interesting history of this plantation but I would have preferred to know less about the people and more about the structure, architecture, and grounds (what crops did/do they grow?). A neat experience overall although a bit pricey for what you get. Also kind of annoying that you can't take ANY pictures inside the house.
  • Every visit to Shirley has been well worth the trip. The property is always well-manicured and sharp-looking, the guides have been very knowledgeable and friendly. My last visit was during Garden Week and it was impressive. Even the farm cats are friendly. Photography is not permitted in the Great House, but outside is okay. I wish they still had all the farm animals, though. Be sure to ask about the ghost lady upstairs.
  • Area looks nice but we couldn't see the value of the cost.
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