Westover Plantation37 Votes Currently Closed
- Address: 7000 Westover Rd, Charles City, VA 23030, USA, United States
- Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-8048292882
- Tags: Landmark, Historical Site, Family And Kids
Westover Plantation is one of the oldest colonial plantations in Virginia. It was the homeground of the Byrd family, an influential family with a rich heritage. This plantation sprawls across an area of 1,025 acres, and was first constructed in the year 1750. William Byrd got it from Theodorick Bland of Westover and constructed a Georgian style mansion here. The garden surrounding it has 150-year old tulip poplar trees, and they provide ample shade to the visitors. The view of the James river is spectacular here, and a number of birds can be observed from here. Head out to Westover Plantation to witness the beautiful architecture and the elegant design of this structure.
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Westover Plantation Reviews & Ratings
This plantation is a beautiful relic of colonial Virginia, with sprawling grounds and Historic outbuildings and a truly remarkable History, all of it hugging the banks of the James River. I would recommend anyone interested in history should go and visit this historic gem.
Beautiful historic property nuzzled right on the James. Self guided ground tours available 10 am-5 pm, 7 days a week. Check out the Bald Eagle nests adjacent to the boat dock (spend time in the yard and they will swoop right over head!), walk through the gardens, admire 250 year old poplar trees, and take in the history. There is a large horse barn that while not available for tours youll still see the beautiful horses in the pasture! This old plantation is an active farm at around 1000 acres. Through a little research, legend has it an escape tunnel was made through an old well on the property due to then-property-inhabitant conflicts with native americans.. This well is located within a small red building near the "necessary house", you'll see a marked plaque on the exterior- open the door and check it out! Admission is honor system based- there is a box to drop admission fee near the guest parking area. That admission helps keep this place running- please remember it is cash only. Come on in, enjoy the views, bring a picnic basket and have at it! Though please keep in mind there are no public bathrooms. If portajohn not available you may be able to ask a tenant for assistance.
$5 to walk the grounds and to small cemetery. Worth the time and money. Would have given it 5 stars if more info was available while touring. Small pamphlet available where you pay. It's an honor system. Visited early March, so not a lot of greenery, but small blue and red wildflowers in grass. At cemetery, lots of tulip-like yellow flowers. Would love to see in spring or summer.
Beautiful peaceful place to spend time, we enjoyed the serene setting, farmland, the Estate, The James River. Will return visit again!
Leisurely self guided tour of an historic plantation. Beautiful and impressive.