Next Festival – November 2, 2014

The First Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 2, 2014
@ Noon
Berkeley Plantation
12602 Harrison Landing Rd.
Charles City, VA 23030-3339
(Directly off scenic Rt. 5 between Richmond and Williamsburg)
Festival & Plantation Gardens/Grounds Free
Car Parking $5.00 Donation
Bus Parking $20.00 Donation
House Tours 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
(Retail and Group rates)
For information Call 888-466-6018 or 804-829-6018

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There will be period interpreters strolling the grounds, children’s games, family friendly activities, food and craft vendors.

The formal program which begins at 3:00 includes music and  the re-enactment of the 1619 landing of the ship Margaret with Captain Woodlief and his men who portray America’s First Thanksgiving.

Sue demonstrates the minuet.


The  program ends with The Chickahominy Tribal Dancers inviting everyone to join them in the Friendship Dance.

Food will be available for purchase.

Come and learn about Virginia’s official First Thanksgiving!  It’s history, disguised as FUN!


12 Responses to Next Festival – November 2, 2014

  1. Lynette Miller says:

    I was excited when I found this festival online as we had never been to this area before. We drove 2 hours to get there, arriving around noon. It was a beautiful day and we strolled the grounds, enjoying the displays. They we found the food line and thought that a traditional Thanksgiving dinner was in order. We stood in that line over 2 hours. By the time we finished our ice cold dinner, it was getting late. Having never seen the house, we elected to take the tour. By the time the tour concluded we arrived back at the grounds to discover we had missed the ceremony and everything was picked up. This is why we went! This event was extremely unorganized! Everyone in line was complaining about waiting 2 hours for a cold dinner! I am SO disappointed and will NOT recommend this event to anyone!!! Poor management!!!

  2. Kevin R. Hall says:

    I am very proud to be one of the first families to arrive in VA in the late 1600 to early 1700 hundreds. My father’s side of the family is both Monacan and Cherokee Indian, from Amherst County VA and Ashville NC. I have recently had children with my wife, one is three and the other is one. I care very much that they learn their heritage/roots deeply immersed in the Native American history. Please keep my email address and inform me of other upcoming events.

    Thank you,
    Kevin R. Hall

  3. Mary Clendenin says:

    Would like to have a poster, of when they landed and knelt in prayer, can’ seem to find!I would also like the Prayer on a plaque possible? wondered if the vendors are someone locally might sell these. Would appreciate your help!!!,Thanks!!,

  4. Heather says:

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    • Sorry no one responded to you. The information for the 2014 festival is in the process of being revised. Please contact me directly if you are still interested in using our information. Barbara Ramos, Secretary, VTF, 804-272-3311.

  6. Richard Harrison says:

    When will the “The First English Thanksgiving in Virginia” Virginia historical highway marker be installed and dedicated?

  7. Robert Woodlief says:

    Capt. Woodlief was my 9th great-grandfather. I look forward to making the trip to Berkeley this year.

  8. Bill K says:

    I’m goofy! I looked under “Menu” on your nice web site and found my answer. I definitely won’t go hungry! Thank you.

  9. Leslie L. Bradshaw, Jr. says:

    Very nice web site.

  10. kmjgreen2012 says:

    Festival and Plantation Gardens/Grounds Free
    Car Parking $5.00 Donation Bus Parking $10.00 Donation

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