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Shirley Plantation

501 Shirley Plantation Rd, Charles City, VA 23030-2907
+1 804-829-5121
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
501 Shirley Plantation Rd, Charles City, VA 23030-2907
+1 804-829-5121
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Head west from Williamsburg on Route 5 for about 26 miles towards Richmond, and there are numerous plantations that you can tour. There is a terrific bike path along the road that went as far west as we did before getting on 295. The road...More

Thank Claire M
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A historic gem and if you are in Richmond Virginia - this should be on your short list of places to visit. Still a working farm owned and run by the same family since the 1600s'.

Thank niniale
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the Shirley Plantation this morning. Yeah for us that it was $5 Friday!! A great price for a Plantation tour. This was about 35 miles west of Williamsburg and worth the drive. House tours are on the hour. Buy your tickets in the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Two friends and I traveled to Upper Shirley Plantation last week and loved every moment of our visit. The location is beautiful, with gorgeous red roses in bloom on the grounds, a wonderful atmosphere, and fabulous food. The outside is impressive, and the interior is...More

Thank Joan H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful grounds and knowledgeable and friendly docent. Fantastic history. Wish we could have seen more of the interior but what we saw was worth the admission.

Thank jyates34
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you only see one plantation, make it Shirley! I went for the love of plantations, not realizing how much history took place at this one place! It is well kept, our guide was inspiring, intelligent, entertaining, very well informed! Plan several hours that will...More

Thank dinamo711
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The plantation dating back to the 17th century is in the bank of the James river. It was the ancestral home of Gen. Robert Lee and was the first plantation started in the U.S.. it's amazing that the property is being continuously held by the...More

Thank Ismailbandook
Reviewed 16 August 2017

A wonderfully kept (and still lived-in) plantation home. We've been before, and felt that the tour this time wasn't quite a good as in the past.

Thank Pfadfinder
Reviewed 13 August 2017

Julian Charity is an amazing gift- a love for history and a passion for where he works, including penning a book about it! We went on a Friday for $5 each in the beginning of Aug. Encountered a super friendly and helpful woman in the...More

Thank Heathe2260
Reviewed 7 August 2017

Just a short drive from the ick of Richmond. A beautiful home and next door winery. Tour the home, walk among the historic outbuildings, then go next door for a wine tasting and yummy lunch (or small plate after 3pm). Spectacular views over the James...More

Thank Millie M
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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
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
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