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Shirley Plantation

501 Shirley Plantation Rd, Charles City, VA 23030-2907
+1 804-829-5121
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Electric Bike Tour to Shirley Plantation and Wine Tasting
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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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  • Average5%
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“james river” (57 reviews)
“the main house” (25 reviews)
“original family” (15 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
501 Shirley Plantation Rd, Charles City, VA 23030-2907
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+1 804-829-5121
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"james river"
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"the main house"
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"original family"
in 15 reviews
"our tour guide"
in 38 reviews
"the upper floors"
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"cotton fields"
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"family owned business"
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"working farm"
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"carter family"
in 14 reviews
"gift shop"
in 20 reviews
"self guided"
in 11 reviews
"house tour"
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"off limits"
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"flying staircase"
in 6 reviews
"great tour"
in 12 reviews
"union soldiers"
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"amazing history"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Enjoyed the tour and hearing about the family that lives there now. They are the 11th and 12th generation of the same family to live and work this plantation!!

Thank BetteKDyersville
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Reviewed 5 days ago

On a rainy day we stumbled on this gem and enjoyed the history surrounding this Plantation. Make sure you take the guided tour if you want the full experience.

Thank jerry71561
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a good place to visit, but worth knowing a few things before you get here. First, it's a long drive from anywhere (50 beautiful minutes drive from Williamsburg and 40 from Richmond) so the day needs a little planning. It opens at 9:30am...More

1  Thank SunnieSue
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Plantations are monuments to a way of life that no longer exists. A visit to Shirley Plantation gives you a chance to travel back in time and see and feel the way the "truly wealthy" lived in the 1700's and the 1800's. It survived the...More

Thank nycurler
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The 11th and 12th generation of this family still live in this house! You can tell they love it and want to share their history. We enjoyed sitting on a bench and watching the James River wind by. Worth the tour. Ask questions—the tour guide...More

Thank Carol C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This manor house is right next to a winery that I visited last year but somehow I missed it. The tours are on the hour so if you get there after the hour you can tour the grounds while you wait. I lucked out that...More

Thank jehenson81
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Reviewed 17 April 2018

Enjoy the grounds of this stately home on the James River and take the tour of the Carter-Lee family home. Robert E Lee's mother was married here and he was born here. The 11th & 12 generations of the family still live upstairs!

Thank RioMountainMike
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Reviewed 14 April 2018

IN addition, the guides are knowledgeable and friendly - the past and present are highlighted here - You gotta see it

Thank Greg P
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Was in the area and had some time to waste. Decided to go on a tour at the Shirley Plantation. You only get to tour the first floor of the premises because the owners of the plantation STILL live upstairs on the second and third...More

Thank Valparker5
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Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed this Plantation. Many of the outbuildings are still there and maintained. The house is still an occupied residence but that did not detract from the plantation.

Thank Scott J
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Shirley M
27 February 2017|
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Response from Shirley1613 | Property representative |
Hours March 13, 2017 - April 12, 2017 Open Daily 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Guided tours of the 1st floor of the Great House at 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Self-guided tours of grounds, gardens and... More
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John S
21 August 2016|
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Response from Peggy T | Reviewed this property |
Info from their website. Admission/Hours & Directions Admission Pricing: Adults $11.00 Seniors (age 60+) $10.00 Youth (ages 6-18) $7.50 Under age 6 Free AAA members receive $1.00 off adult and $.50 off youth admission... More
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Dinah428
8 August 2016|
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Response from Elida G | Reviewed this property |
Summer hours (April 1, 2016 - November 30, 2016) are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tour times of the house are: 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:15 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. The only days they are closed are... More
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