Westover Plantation, Charles City

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Westover, one of the grandest and most beautiful of the colonial plantations, was built in the mid-eighteenth century by the Byrd family. Long considered a premier example of Georgian architecture in America, the house’s special charm lies in its elegant yet extremely simple form and perfect proportions. Of special interest are the steepness of the roof, the tall chimneys in pairs at both ends of the main house, and the elaborate doorway, which continues to be recognized as "the Westover doorway." Shaded by 150-year old tulip poplar trees, Westover’s lawn offers a commanding view of the James River and majestic eagles soaring overhead. Grounds and gardens open daily; house tours by appointment only. Westover Plantation is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , world travel planner Edition.
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  • We did a tour of various plantation houses in this area and this one was interesting. It is a great shame that not more of the house is open. Having visited Williamsburg, it would be a pleasure to...  more »
  • We visited several plantations but this tour was by far the best. The owner gave us the tour and answered all of our questions. The grounds are beautiful and the view of the river is breath...  more »
  • 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.
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