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):
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
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