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Shirley Plantation

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Address: 501 Shirley Plantation Rd, Charles City, VA 23030-2907
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+1 804-829-5121
09:30 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Shirley Plantation is Virginia's first plantation, founded in 1613 as a...

Shirley Plantation is Virginia's first plantation, founded in 1613 as a land grant from King James of England. Shirley is North America's oldest family owned business and home to eleven generations of the Hill-Carter family. Admission fee. Please check our web site for details on our daily hours as they vary seasonally.

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Awesome plantation

Loved this plantation. So neat that family still lives there. All the information in the buildings were very nicely done. Highly recommend!

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Loved this plantation. So neat that family still lives there. All the information in the buildings were very nicely done. Highly recommend!

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful historic estate and property on the James River. The guided tour of the home was excellent and conducted by a very informative and pleasant gentleman.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Of the three plantations on the garden week tour I found this home to be most interesting. First because it is still owned by the Cater family, the original owners, and also because of it's unusual design. Situated on the river with several period out buildings it is still being farmed. The inside tour is self guided and interesting. Having... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our first stop in a visit to a series of plantations along the banks of the Charles River, about mid-way between Richmond and Williamsburg, VA. It's a good entry point, being the oldest plantation in Virginia, and also the only one that is still inhabited by the same family - the 11th and 12th generations live there now..... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

We were taking the battlefield tour and stopped in at the Shirkey Plantation. We were so glad we did. It is a beautifully preserved house with a rich history. The grounds and house were very interesting and the tour guide was interesting and informative. While adults will get the most out of the tour, our tour group included two children... More 

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St. Paul, Minnesota
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

Located on the James River, this is a charming and interesting plantation to visit. We learned a lot about the family, through the generations. Robert E. Lee was a family member, and visited often, along with his friend, George Washington. There are numerous outbuildings to tour, and you can walk down to the river. The gift shop has some beautiful,... More 

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Glenolden, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 1 January 2017

The plantation house was very impressive as you walked up the path to the plantation grounds. We toured the outbuildings first which is a self guided tour. The plantation is located on the James River and you can see the river from the back of the home. The tour guide was very informative and interesting. He was a pleasure to... More 

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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 27 December 2016

It was pouring rain the day we visited here but we persevered. This plantation is still inhabited by one of the original families. The property is 8,000 acres which was amazing to me. The plantation is located on a beautiful spot by the river. I was a little disappointed in the house tour. There are only 4 rooms to visit>... More 

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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Reviewed 8 December 2016

We went here on a recommendation and we really enjoyed it. Our tour guide was fabulous and did a great job of bringing the plantation to life. I wish I knew her name. The history of this house and the people that visited here back in the 1700 & 1800's was remarkable. Beautiful place

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Richmond, Virginia
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Reviewed 17 November 2016

Having recently moved to Virginia from California, it was about time to visit the Shirley Plantation. It is the country's oldest working farm owned by eleven successive generations of the same family and very impressive to tour the first floor parlor, living room, dining room and first bedroom. The upper two stories are occupied by the current family and off... More 

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