Shirley Plantation, Charles City

#36 of 152 in Historic Sites in Virginia
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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321 reviews
  • August 12, 2017
    Julian Charity is an amazing gift- a love for history and a passion for where he works, including penning a book about it! We went on a Friday for $5 each in the beginning of Aug. Encountered a super ...  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    Just a short drive from the ick of Richmond. A beautiful home and next door winery. Tour the home, walk among the historic outbuildings, then go next door for a wine tasting and yummy lunch (or small ...  more »
  • July 26, 2017
    So enjoyed this ,except for the heat. So hot the day we went. A real treat though, bottled water for only 50 cents. Admission wad reasonable. Just allowed to see bottom 4 rooms. Right on the river. An...  more »
  • June 29, 2017
    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.
  • June 14, 2017
    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!
  • July 3, 2017
    A beautiful plantation with an extremely knowledgeable guide. Try and arrive early enough to enjoy the winery and restaurant as well.
  • December 3, 2016
    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!
  • January 7, 2017
    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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