Next Festival – November 4, 2018

Berkeley Thanksgiving 2016-49

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

Nowhere can you find a more exciting, more educational or more enjoyable experience to add to your holiday traditions than a beautiful fall day at Berkeley Plantation.

Every year on the first Sunday of November, Berkeley Plantation hosts the Virginia Thanksgiving Festival. This annual tradition dates back to 1619 when Captain John Woodlief and his crew of thirty-five men landed on the shores of the James River. 

Join us for a day immersed in the history of early Colonial America as we celebrate the First English Thanksgiving in the New World. Experience the re-enactment of this historic event moderated by Tim Timberlake. 

Fun activities for the entire family include a re-enactment of the First English Thanksgiving, Chickahominy Tribal Dancers, parade with horse drawn carriages, fife and drum, festival participants and entertainers, musicians and magicians, colonial period games, dancing and choral groups, arts & crafts, jewelry and food vendors, corn maze,  storytelling, cornhusk doll making, candle dipping, and a silent auction.

Catering is provided by Brock’s Barbeque serving the famous Thanksgiving Dinner in a glass along with smoked turkey legs, brunswick stew, BBQ, and Virginia Ham biscuits. Concession stands with hot dogs, kettle korn and funnel cakes are also available throughout the day.

The public is invited to bring chairs and blankets to enjoy the event. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Festival Admission and Parking (Cash only for parking):

$5.00 motorcycle/bike
$10.00 car/van
$20.00 bus

Tours of Berkeley’s Manor House Available $12.00 per person. Discounted rates for Seniors, Military and Children ages 6-16.

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


American Evolution

The Thanksgiving Festival is a Signature Event of Virginia’s 2019 Commemoration, which recognizes the 400th Anniversary of America’s First English Thanksgiving. 


 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. We invite you to buy a copy of the 30-minute documentary in the Berkeley Plantation gift shop when you visit. 


6 Responses to Next Festival – November 4, 2018

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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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