James River Plantations

All listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the five James River Plantations bring visitors back in time to experience one of the earliest settled areas of America. Explore the grounds of Sherwood Forest, Westover, Shirley, Evelynton, and Berkeley plantations while addressing a number of subjects such as colonial education, social courtesies, religious life, Native Americans, slavery, and agriculture, among many others, in the James River region. The beautiful plantation mansions provide an even clearer view into the past, with preserved rooms containing colonial and Civil War-era furniture, artifacts, tools, artwork, clothing, documents, and more. Individual educational programs, tours, hours, and pricing vary by location, all of which are accessible through the James River Plantations website.
 
Contact Info
Address: Route 5, Charles City, VA. Charles City County. Website: www.jamesriverplantations.org. Hrs: Varies.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Programs. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Cost: Fee. 

Living History Centers Fun Facts

American breakfast wasn’t always bacon, eggs, and orange juice. In colonial times, the typical child would eat a breakfast of cornmeal mush that had been cooked all night over embers.

Campers will have fun learning about the seasonal tasks and the way of life at colonial interpretive farms, villages and forts. Many have costumed guides who campers can observe to learn how children and adults lived. Many offer hands on activities such as candle making, ice-cream making, churning butter, quilting and more.

Campers can record how long various tasks took, and compare them to how long these tasks take to complete today.