Charles City County

William Henry Harrison
Berkeley Plantation Birthplace

The Berkeley Plantation is the birthplace of William Henry Harrison, 9th President of the United States.  Home to generations of Harrisons, it was the birthplace of Benjamin Harrision V, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Berkeley is also the ancestral home of Benjamin Harrison, grandson of William Harrison and 23rd U.S. President.  (Benjamin Harrision was born in Ohio).  In 1619, it was the site of the first official Thanksgiving in America.  "Taps" was composed on the site in 1862 during the American Civil War. The mansion itself has been restored.  Open to the public. 

Address: 12602 Harrison Landing Road; Charles City, Virginia 23030 

Phone Number: (804) 829-6018/1-888-466-6018

Website: www.berkeleyplantation.com


John Tyler
Greenway Birthplace

The home where John Tyler, 10th U.S. President was born, is still standing but is privately owned and is closed to the public. The birthplace is commemorated by a historic marker on Route 5 near the house. 

Address: John Tyler Memorial Highway; Charles City, VA 23030


John Tyler
Woodburn Residence

John Tyler built a striking Palladian home, Woodburn, in 1815 and lived in it until 1831. It remains in good condition, but is privately owned and is closed to the public.  A historic marker is located near the house.  

Address: West side of RT 618 Charles City, VA


John Tyler
Sherwood Forest Retirement Estate

Sherwood Forest was the retirement estate of John Tyler. Today, it is privately owned and maintained by President Tyler's grandson and his family, who still reside at the estate. Home to descendants for over one hundred and fifty years, the house is open to the public and is filled with family artifacts. 

Address: 14501 John Tyler Memorial Highway; Charles City, VA 23030

Phone Number: (804) 829-5377

Website: www.sherwoodforest.org 


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