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Shirley Plantation

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

Shirley Plantation is open 7 days a week all year. Closed to the public on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Please call for daily hours as they may vary seasonally.

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Shirley Plantation

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Richmond, Virginia
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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The property and the tour were quite impressive. Who knew son much history could be encompassed in one property. This is an easy must-see.

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This plantation is kept up very well. Cotton fields surround it so we got to see cotton harvested and baled. The first floor was very interesting. The upper floors are still occupied by the family so are closed to visitors. We spent about 2-3 hours there so the admission price was well worth it. The outbuildings like the stable, ice... More 

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Coden, Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyed touring the grounds and the planation. The tour guide was excellent and the house was beautiful. Was disappointed that we were only allowed to see the first floor, but do understand that the owners live on the upper floors. Would recommend this tour to anyone interested in history. This has one has some fascinating stories.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

If you are even remotely interested in history, this is a must see, if only to hear the stories about this place from the guides. I highly recommend, if you are in the area, make the time to stop here, you will be glad you did!

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Shirley Plantation is the oldest working Plantation in America. The original family furnishings and portraits from 1614 are still there. The house and and property are wonderful. The guide we had told fascinating stories and was fantastic. I would definitely recommend visiting and I will return with guests.

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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

This lovely old plantation is located off of the historic SR 5 highway that runs from Williamsburg to Richmond. This road is a treat in itself, winding through beautiful countryside and past many old plantations, of which several are open for tours. We chose Shirley Plantation because it has the distinction of being the oldest family-owned business in the U.S.... More 

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Salisbury, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

I love the look of the Shirley Plantation. Its so beautiful. We did not do the house tour because we had our 2 year old daughter so we just looked at all the outbuildings and yard. Very pretty and neat if you are an AMC Turn fan!

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Suffolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

You only get to view the downstairs of the house,but with a bad knee that was ok with me. ( The family lives upstairs) We had a great guide, and the tour was very interesting. The grounds are interesting, but not extensive. Overall, my husband and I enjoyed it very much.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Stunningly beautiful fall day for our visit which added greatly to the experience. We had a good time and northern friends were quite impressed with their first plantation experience. The tour was good, but there is too much emphasis on family, and not enough on architecture, furnishings, way of life, etc. We'll be interested in visiting Berkeley to compare the... More 

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