Shirley Plantation

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Shirley Plantation is located on the north bank of the James River in Charles City County, Virginia. It is located on Virginia State Highway 5, a scenic byway which runs between the independent cities of Richmond and Williamsburg.

Shirley Plantation, settled in 1613, is the oldest active plantation in Virginia and the oldest family-owned business in North America, dating back to 1638. Occupied by the Hill family and their descendants since 1738, the mother of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, Anne Hill Carter, was born at Shirley and in 1793, married Light Horse Harry Lee in the mansion’s parlor. Shirley Plantation has been designated a National Historic Landmark. It is normally open for tours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

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