Place:Berkeley, Charles City, Virginia, United States


Alt namesBerkleysource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS51001810
TypeInhabited place
Coordinates37.317°N 77.167°W
Located inCharles City, Virginia, United States
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Berkeley Plantation, one of the first great estates in America, comprises about on the banks of the James River on State Route 5 in Charles City County, Virginia. Berkeley Plantation was originally called Berkeley Hundred and named after the Berkeley Company of England. Benjamin Harrison IV built on the estate what is believed to be the oldest three-story brick mansion in Virginia and is the ancestral home to two Presidents of the United States: William Henry Harrison, his grandson, and Benjamin Harrison his great-great-grandson.

Among the many American "firsts" that occurred at Berkeley Plantation are:

  • The first official Thanksgiving: 4 December 1619
  • First time Army bugle call "Taps" played: July 1862, by bugler Oliver W. Norton; the melody was written at Harrison's Landing, the plantation's old wharf, by Norton and then General Daniel Butterfield.

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