The original Georgian mansion, built in 1726 of brick fired on the plantation, occupies a beautifully landscaped hilltop site overlooking the historic James River. The date of the building and the initials of the owners, Benjamin Harrison IV and his wife, Anne appear in a datestone over a side door. The mansion is said to be the oldest 3-story brick house in Virginia that can prove its date and first with a pediment roof.
Five terraced gardens leading from the house to the James River were dug by hand before the Revolutionary War. Flowers bloom Spring through Fall. Many hundred-year old trees grace the restored boxwood garden offering breathtaking vistas of the James River.
On the adjacent farmland, sheep graze lazily in the distant rolling hills along the river on this nearly 1000-acre plantation. Miles of old fashioned gravel roads meander through field and forest, pastures, ponds and river. Wildlife abounds in this delightful, peaceful setting.
A small magical woodland glade is nestled in the trees beside an expansive glimpse of the James River and rolling fields. Magnificent sunsets fall over the James River shore. Linger a while at the river’s edge and enjoy the gentle lapping water and soft river breezes.
Berkley Plantation 12602 Harrison Landing Road Charles City, Virginia (804) 829-6018
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