Things to see and do - Charles City
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Situated along a scenic stretch of US Route 5 roughly midway between Richmond and Jamestown, VA, Charles City is best known as the location of some of the great estates of Virginia's illustrious colonial gentry. Known as the Plantation Route, Route 5 passes superb Georgian manor houses, a handful of which are open to the public.
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12602 Harrison Landing Rd.
Offset by towering boxwood hedges, Georgian Berkeley Plantation served as the seat of the Harrison family; son Benjamin Harrison V, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
501 Shirley Plantation Rd.
Owned by descendants of the Hill-Carter family since 1660, this Queen Anne manor (c.1720s) overlooking the James is justifiably famous for its square-rigged three-story staircase in the main entry hall.
14501 John Tyler Memorial Hwy
After his tenure in office ended in 1845 President Tyler retired here. Built c.1730, the house was lengthened by Tyler's wife, Julia. Only one room wide, it now measures 301ft long, making it the longest frame house in the US.