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7 Chapters Of Virginia – Taught By James River

Posted on November 20, 2009 | Remarkable DrivesNo Comment

The low-lying cape of Virginia is a narrow stretch of land measuring 400 square miles and is squashed in by York and James River on either side to protrude into the vast Chesapeake Bay. Its 13 primordial colonies are occupied by the oldest European populace. This drive will mark the outlines of much deeper history of Virginia.


The journey of 63 miles from Richmond to Yorktown chases Route 5 through the exquisite freeway that edges James River and its flamboyant shores. With every twists and turns of the path you will enrich yourself with the original history of America, and appreciate the overwhelming vistas.

1st Chapter – From Richmond

Learn your first history chapter at Richmond’s American Civil War Center, which is built in an ex-Confederate establishment. Before you flare the roads along the coastline of James, satisfy your hunger by having a smoldered fish and corn bread at the famous Croaker’s Spot. Check out the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, located just below the street and is dedicated to a well-known female entrepreneur of African-American origin. For an overnight stay, no other hotel would be as comfortable as Berkeley Hotel, which is a fashionable and expensive boutique hotel.

Exit the capital of Virginia and move east through the place known as Tobacco Row, where potent companies manufacturing tobacco stockpiled their bales. Also notice the eaves, edging James, made of red bricks that shelter juvenile and qualified people. Descend the path with a downward gush of James River and witness the magnificent farmlands that overlook the water. This soothing site attracts numerous vacationers every year.

2nd Chapter – Shirley Plantation of 16th century

In 1638, a small family started this Business in Northern America. Since then, eleven generations of this family thrived and conserved this plantation. It offer some very exciting events all year-round ranging from ghostly walk, golf, ice harvesting, to bird-walk and Easter egg hunt. Its website, furnishes you with all the events on the calendar along with the details and history of the event.

Shirley Plantation

3rd Chapter – Thanksgiving of Berkeley Plantation

Drive another four miles to reach the entrance of Berkeley Plantation. Along with being America’s foremost bureaucratic Thanksgiving in 1619; this place is also the hometown of Benjamin Harrison who sang the Declaration of Independence and President William Henry Harrison. Some of the events of this plantation are garden tour, wreath laying ceremony, autumn sunset and spirits tour, Thanksgiving festival, etc. To view the full list of events, visit the official website

Ahead, a vex route will pass you through Ladies’ Winter Garden and the watercourse afar. Walk some meters and turn back to look at the dazzling abode of the plantation. This is the view that attracted Washington and Lincoln. Move back to the house to wonder why the kitchen was constructed away from the main edifice. It was built away to avoid blaze from increasing.

Berkeley Plantation

4th Chapter – Westover Plantation near James

Nearest to the James River amongst all the plantations is the Westover Plantation. Halt your vehicle and observe the magnificence of the most terrific paradigm of Georgian structural design in America. This plantation in Charles City was erected in 1730.

5th Chapter – Elegant Colonial Williamsburg

Keep driving along the coast to enter the dignified premises of Colonial Williamsburg, which was the capital of Virginia in 1800’s. It has around ninety colonial formations and over four hundred renovated formations, with decorous workforce skilled in faithfulness. Also, a neighboring museum will inform you much about the untold history. To munch your food with lavishness, civility, and across tranquil backdrops, try the eminent Williamsburg Inn. For an overnight stay with a colonial essence, get a room through Colonial Houses package. They offer twenty six varied but genuine farmhouses equipped with luxurious facilities and ranges from small room to a life-sized farmhouse. You can get further details on

6th Chapter – Williamsburg Bistros

Most of the inns and pubs in Williamsburg are lavish but very expensive. One of them is Christina Campbell’s Tavern that serves modest food with excellent ambience. If not for taste, this tavern is worth visiting once for its lovely environment. If money is a constraint, the best place I can suggest is Golden Horseshoe Clubhouse Grill, which is a decent refectory with scrumptious food. Also, the Green Leafe Café is respectable choice. You would notice most of the customers are professors and undergraduates of the neighboring College of William and Mary masticating hamburgers.

7th Chapter – Jamestowne, Jamestown Settlement, and Yorktown

Jamestowne is a genuine place of the early inhabitants of Virginia which is now governed by Preservation of Virginia jamestown yorktownAntiquities and The National Park Service. However, if you are tired of listening to historic tales, go and have some fun in the adjacent Jamestown Settlement with mock-ups of 3 vessels that helped colonizers from England to arrive here. Your final stop of the voyage would be at Yorktown near the shore of the York River. The Custom House here is one of the oldest monuments of the nation that was built in 1700’s. Also, the Grace Episcopal Church is over three centuries old. Historical Yorktown is furthermore energetic when you move towards the restaurants and stores.

The syllabus of this history textbook ends here. Get ready for the examination.

Trip Tips

Before visiting this part of Virginia go through the list of events that are offered by varied plantations and other locations on their respective websites. Below are some of the links that will help you get started for details on Colonial Williamsburg because your trip begins here for info on Yorktown.Also don’t forget to check the local weather on

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