Following the lecture on October 25, TVHS will host a day bus trip visiting both Berkeley and Shirley Plantations. Included will be a private behind the scenes glimpse of the daily life of the historic figures who occupied these great mansions, as well as the great rooms and gardens they occupied.
The trip leaving 9:30 a.m. from Target on Monticello Avenue, Williamsburg also includes a visit to the Westover Church, an early colonial architectural masterpiece, and a box lunch at Berkley Plantations’ Coach House Café. The trip will return about 5:00 p.m.
Both Plantations rank among the architectural and historic masterpieces of 17th century colonial Virginia, and both housed great families; Berkeley, the Harrison family, and Shirley, the Carter Family.
Berkeley Plantation, dating back to 1726, is a magnificent Georgian Mansion adorned by beautiful gardens. Its place in Virginia and American history is almost unrivaled. It was the home of the real “first thanksgiving”, birthplace of Benjamin Harrison-signer of the Declaration of Independence, birthplace of President William Henry Harrison, and site of the composition of “taps” during McClellan’s Civil War occupancy of the Mansion.
Shirley Plantation, Virginia’s first plantation, has been continuously occupied since the early 17th century. John Carter, eldest son of the legendary Robert “King” Carter, reputed to be the richest man in colonial America, completed the current mansion in 1738. Generations of famous Virginians have occupied the “Great House,” including Robert E. Lee’s mother who was a Carter.
To order tickets, call:
Jane Medlin – (757) 258-5587, or
Joe Burkart – (757) 259-9134
Cost is $59 per person.
Reservations are required