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.

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School

Groups can tour the grounds of Sherwood Forest, encompassing the exterior of John Tylers house and 21 numbered stations representative of a 19th century plantation. Walk the expansive grounds, admire the beautiful formal gardens, and explore old outbuildings of Westover Plantation. Tours of Shirley Plantation include the Great House, outbuildings, and one complimentary program. At Berkeley Plantations explore five terraces of boxwood and flowering gardens leading to the James River, monuments to the First Thanksgiving and to Taps, and the Harrison family graveyard.

supports classroom learning in:
Social Studies.

topics covered:
American History, Colonial History, Civil War, Slavery, Native Americans, Agriculture.

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 10 min. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1.5 hours. Registration: Online, Email. Cost: Fee Title I or Financial Support: No.

Historic Site Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed; Boston’s Old State House, where the Boston Massacre and the American Revolution began; Washington D.C.’s National Mall, where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech; Virginia’s Jamestown settlement, the country’s first colony; Charleston’s Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired; New York’s Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, where millions of immigrants were introduced to their new home. All of these sites, significant to America’s history, can be visited, toured, and admired. While visiting one of the many historical sites around the country, consider the importance in preserving these sites.

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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.

contact info

Hrs: Vary.

Scouts

Groups can tour the grounds of Sherwood Forest, encompassing the exterior of John Tylers house and 21 numbered stations representative of a 19th century plantation. Walk the expansive grounds, admire the beautiful formal gardens, and explore old outbuildings of Westover Plantation. Tours of Shirley Plantation include the Great House, outbuildings, and one complimentary program. At Berkeley Plantations explore five terraces of boxwood and flowering gardens leading to the James River, monuments to the First Thanksgiving and to Taps, and the Harrison family graveyard.

supports scout badges in:
Social Studies.

topics covered:
American History, Colonial History, Civil War, Slavery, Native Americans, Agriculture.

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 10 min. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1.5 hours. Registration: Online, Email. Cost: Fee Title I or Financial Support: No.

Historic Site Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed; Boston’s Old State House, where the Boston Massacre and the American Revolution began; Washington D.C.’s National Mall, where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech; Virginia’s Jamestown settlement, the country’s first colony; Charleston’s Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired; New York’s Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, where millions of immigrants were introduced to their new home. All of these sites, significant to America’s history, can be visited, toured, and admired. While visiting one of the many historical sites around the country, consider the importance in preserving these sites.

View Lesson Plan>>

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.

contact info

Hrs: Vary.

Camp

Groups can tour the grounds of Sherwood Forest, encompassing the exterior of John Tylers house and 21 numbered stations representative of a 19th century plantation. Walk the expansive grounds, admire the beautiful formal gardens, and explore old outbuildings of Westover Plantation. Tours of Shirley Plantation include the Great House, outbuildings, and one complimentary program. At Berkeley Plantations explore five terraces of boxwood and flowering gardens leading to the James River, monuments to the First Thanksgiving and to Taps, and the Harrison family graveyard.

topics covered:
American History, Colonial History, Civil War, Slavery, Native Americans, Agriculture.

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 10 min. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1.5 hours. Registration: Online, Email. Cost: Fee Title I or Financial Support: No.

Historic Site Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed; Boston’s Old State House, where the Boston Massacre and the American Revolution began; Washington D.C.’s National Mall, where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech; Virginia’s Jamestown settlement, the country’s first colony; Charleston’s Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired; New York’s Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, where millions of immigrants were introduced to their new home. All of these sites, significant to America’s history, can be visited, toured, and admired. While visiting one of the many historical sites around the country, consider the importance in preserving these sites.

View Lesson Plan>>

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.

contact info

Hrs: Vary.

Homeschool

Groups can tour the grounds of Sherwood Forest, encompassing the exterior of John Tylers house and 21 numbered stations representative of a 19th century plantation. Walk the expansive grounds, admire the beautiful formal gardens, and explore old outbuildings of Westover Plantation. Tours of Shirley Plantation include the Great House, outbuildings, and one complimentary program. At Berkeley Plantations explore five terraces of boxwood and flowering gardens leading to the James River, monuments to the First Thanksgiving and to Taps, and the Harrison family graveyard.

supports classroom learning in:
Social Studies.

topics covered:
American History, Colonial History, Civil War, Slavery, Native Americans, Agriculture.

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 10 min. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1.5 hours. Registration: Online, Email. Cost: Fee Title I or Financial Support: No.

Historic Site Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed; Boston’s Old State House, where the Boston Massacre and the American Revolution began; Washington D.C.’s National Mall, where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech; Virginia’s Jamestown settlement, the country’s first colony; Charleston’s Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired; New York’s Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, where millions of immigrants were introduced to their new home. All of these sites, significant to America’s history, can be visited, toured, and admired. While visiting one of the many historical sites around the country, consider the importance in preserving these sites.

View Lesson Plan>>

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