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James River Plantations

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James River Plantations [2] are in Virginia.


The 430-mile long James River begins west of the Blue Ridge Mountains near the western Virginia border and joins the Chesapeake Bay at Hampton Roads. An unparalleled collection of historic plantations still overlook the tidal portion of the river, below the falls in Richmond. Thirty-three of those plantations listed in the National Register of Historic Places are located along the James River and its tributaries. They are architectural treasures, ranging from diminutive Piney Grove, which began as a log corncrib c. 1790, to grand brick homes like Bacon's Castle, representative of Virginia plantation life in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.



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Goochland County[edit]

  • Tuckahoe


  • Wilton

Chesterfield County[edit]

  • Castlewood
  • Magnolia Grange
  • Eppington

Dinwiddie County[edit]

  • Mayfield Cottage


  • Battersea

Colonial Heights[edit]

  • Violet Bank


  • Weston Manor
  • Appomattox Manor

Charles City County[edit]

  • Piney Grove
  • Edgewood
  • Berkeley
  • Westover
  • Belle Air
  • North Bend
  • Upper Weyanoke
  • Kittiewan
  • John Tyler House (Sherwood Forest)
  • Shirley

James City County[edit]

  • Powhatan
  • Kingsmill Plantation
  • Carter's Grove

Newport News[edit]

  • Lee Hall
  • Richneck Plantation Site
  • Denbigh Plantation Site (Mathews Manor)
  • Matthew Jones House

Isle of Wight County[edit]

  • Four Square

Surry County[edit]

  • Bacon's Castle
  • Chippokes Plantation
  • Warren House (Smith's Fort)

Prince George County[edit]

  • Brandon
  • Flowerdew Hundred Plantation

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  • Piney Grove (Piney Grove at Southall's Plantation), 16920 Southall Plantation Lane (Off the Virginia Route 5 Scenic Byway), 804-829-2480, [1]. Varies. Piney Grove at Southall's Plantation is a Virginia Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is an official site of the Virginia Civil War Trails, Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail and the Department of the Interior James River Plantation National Register Travel Itinerary. The site includes Piney Grove (1790) which was built before 1790 when this was a seat of the prominent Southall family. The original log portion of the structure is a rare survival of Early Virginia log architecture. The grounds also include a collection of structures that were dismantled by the Gordineer family and reconstructed at Piney Grove to save them from demolition on their original sites. These structures include Dower Quarter (1830), Ashland (1835), Ladysmith (1857) and Duck Church (1917). On many Saturdays throughout the year the Gordineer family offers the two-hour James River Plantation Progressive Tour which includes interior visits to Piney Grove, Ladysmith and Ashland, and exterior visits to Dower Quarter, Duck Church and the Harwoood Family Cemetery. Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling (804)829-2480 or going online at Varies by event.  edit

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  • Courthouse Grille, Charles City.  edit
  • Charles City Tavern, Virginia Route 5 Scenic Byway, (804) 829-5004.  edit
  • Blue Heron Restaurant, Charles City County.  edit

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Piney Grove (Charles City County) is an official site of the Department of Interior James River Plantation National Register Travel Itinerary and offers bed and breakfast lodging in the 1857 Ladysmith house. The Gordineer family has been welcoming visitors to the plantation country since 1989. Five spacious guest rooms include two, two-room suites. All rooms overlook plantation gardens and are furnished with antiques and family heirlooms, and all include private baths, as well as modern conveniences such as coffeemakers and refrigerators. Guests arrive to Mint Juleps in the spring and summer or hot toddies in the fall and winter. A served candlelight breakfast is offered each morning in the dining room of Piney Grove. The grounds of Piney Grove also include a forest-side swimming pool and woodland nature trail. Reservations may be made by calling (804) 829-2480 or online at [3]. Piney Grove is located off the Virginia Route 5 Scenic Byway, at 16920 Southall Plantation Lane, Charles City, Virginia (Twenty miles west of Williamsburg and forty miles east of Richmond).



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