Next Festival – November 6, 2016

The First Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 6, 2016
Berkeley Plantation
12602 Harrison Landing Rd.
Charles City, VA 23030-3339
(Directly off scenic Rt. 5 between Richmond and Williamsburg)

House Tours 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

For more information Call 888-466-6018 or 804-829-6018

There will be period interpreters strolling the grounds, children’s games, family friendly activities, food and craft vendors, tribal dancers,  encampments, corn maze, parade, dancing, candle dipping, doll making, musicians and magicians.

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

Festival and Grounds – Free    Food will be available for purchase.

$10 Car donation to help fund the festival. $2.00 Two/three  wheelers

Tours of Berkeley’s Manor House Available $11.00 per person.       Discounted rates for Seniors, AAA Members and Children ages 6-16.

Nowhere can you find a more exciting, educational and enjoyable way to add to your holiday tradition than a beautiful fall day at Berkeley Plantation.

Virginia Thanksgiving Festival Flyer 2016

Watch the brand  New Virginia Thanksgiving Documentary

The Virginia Thanksgiving Festival teamed up with The Community Idea Stations in Richmond to jointly produce the first documentary ever to tell the story of the first English Thanksgiving in the New World. The program airs on PBS stations nationally this Fall. You will be able to see it throughout the day at our Festival.  We also invite you to buy a copy of the 30-minute documentary in the Berkeley Plantation gift shop when you visit. You may also watch the program  on WCVE/WHTJ PBS on the following dates: October 27 and 31st at 9 pm and on Thanksgiving Day at 8 pm and 10:30 pm.



6 Responses to Next Festival – November 6, 2016

  1. Thank you, I have recently been searching for information approximately this topic for ages and yours is the
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    • The facts with regard to the Virginia Thanksgiving Festival have been extensively researched. A 30 minutes video relating to the First English Speaking Thanksgiving in the New World has been produced by WCVE public television in Richmond, VA. The premiere will be October 26 at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond. Copies have been sent to select public TV stations in the US. Barbara Ramos, Secretary, Virginia Thanksgiving Festival.

  2. David Hunter says:

    What time can the vendors set up ?


    I’m very interested in attending the Virginia Thanksgiving Festival. My WOODLEE ancestors trace back to the WOODLEY & WOODLIEF line that settled in Virginia and are generally believed to be descendants of the Captain John Woodlief, master of the “MARGARET” that landed at Berkeley Settlement on Dec. 4, 1609.

  4. Sorry to be so long responding to your request. What would be the purpose of your posting? We have just updated the site with the date of this year’s festival.

  5. 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

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