In 1619 three dozen intrepid colonists arrived in Virginia to settle the land grant known as the Berkeley Hundred. They celebrated the first Thanksgiving in America upon landing in December of that year. However, just three years later they were decimated during the Powhatan Indian uprising at Berkeley, Westover and other English settlements in the Jamestown area.

Benjamin Harrison III purchased Berkeley in 1691, and the manor home was built in 1726 for his son Benjamin Harrison IV and his wife Anne Carter, daughter of colonial mogul Robert 'King' Carter. This original power couple led colonial plantation life in Virginia, and their son, Benjamin Harrison V, became a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a three-term governor of Virginia. His son, William Henry Harrison, would become the ninth president of the United States.

Berkeley was pillaged by Benedict Arnold during the Revolutionary War and occupied by the Union Army of the Potomac during the Civil War. The Army bugle call Taps was played at Berkeley for the first time during Union occupation after retreat from Malvern Hill. Berkeley fell into disrepair in the years after the war, and in 1907, it was purchased by John Jamieson, who as a youth had served as a drummer boy for Union camps at Berkeley and Westover. The Jamieson family restored the home and grounds and continues to own it and share it with the public.

Berkeley Plantation is open daily for tours of the house and grounds including a film, museum, and gift shop. The manor home is decorated with lavish period antiques, and the grounds feature a spectacular terraced garden leading from the banks of the James River to the river-side entrance of the home. Fans of the AMC series TURN will spot Berkeley as a shooting location for a battle scene in upcoming Season 2. Berkeley is available for weddings and private parties and hosts year-round events including a yearly 1619 Landing and Thanksgiving festival.

Pictured at the top: Berkeley Plantation carriage-side entrance.

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