Shirley Plantation, Virginia (Photo Credit: Public Domain)
Shirley Plantation, Virginia | Photo Credit: Wikipedia - yellowute

For eleven generations the same family has operated the Shirley Plantation. Their crops have been harvested for over 300 years. This home is still occupied by the family but some parts of the estate are open for tours.

Dovecote at Shirley Plantation (Photo Credit: Wikipedia - Pi3.124)
Dovecote at Shirley Plantation | Photo credit: Wikipedia – Pi3.124

What once started as a tobacco plantation in the early 1600s soon transformed into the landmark that stands today. In 1638, the Hill family purchased the land upon which Shirley Plantation was constructed. Since this acquisition the property has been under the ownership of descendants of Edward Hill.

Construction began in 1723 of the current home that still stands on the property. It took over a decade to complete the mansion. One of the daughters of Shirley Plantation went on to be the mother of Robert E. Lee. The Hill family used just under a hundred slaves to operate the plantation.

Making it past the Civil War, Shirley Plantation managed to keep itself a successful agriculture operation. The Hill family has worked hard to maintain the legacy of their ancestors and to preserve the beautiful historic home at Shirley.

Shirley Plantation is located on the banks of the James River. The address is 501 Shirley Plantation Road in Charles City, Virginia. Tours are available of the grounds, gardens and first floor of the home but upper floors are still inhabited by descendants of the Hill family.

If you enjoyed reading this post or have visited the Shirley Plantation before, leave a comment below or share this post on your favorite social media!

Previous articleThe Hidden Gem of Rutledge Falls
Next articleYou Can Dine at the Birthplace of Kentucky Fried Chicken
Ashley Gary
Greetings, fellow adventurers! I'm Ashley, and I'm delighted to share my journeys and knowledge with you. As a passionate travel writer and devoted adventurer, I'm constantly fueled by the excitement of discovering new destinations and uncharted territories. With a heart full of curiosity and a suitcase packed with dreams, I've wandered through bustling marketplaces, hiked mist-covered mountains, and wandered down cobblestone streets in search of stories waiting to be told. Through my travel chronicles, I hope to not only transport you to the farthest corners of the globe but also inspire you to embrace the thrill of stepping into the unknown. Adventure awaits, and I can't wait to share it with you to help you find your adventure!


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here