My middle schooler receives extra credit in his social studies class by either reading a historical novel and preparing a book report, or visiting a historical site and writing about his experience. We loved the idea of getting to know the history behind some fun sites in RVA and thought this was a perfect opportunity.
On a cool winter, but sunny Sunday afternoon, we took a quick trip to visit Tuckahoe Plantation, the boyhood home of Thomas Jefferson. Tuckahoe Plantation is a national historical landmark and is open to the public daily from 9 am to 5 pm. It’s situated on a beautiful bluff overlooking the James River. Tuckahoe is thought to be the most complete plantation dating back to the early eighteenth century.
The grounds and the numerous outbuildings are fun to explore with kids. It’s a great way to bring history alive and give a firsthand glimpse of an old schoolhouse and kitchen, slave’s quarters, an old smokehouse, and some beautiful gardens filled with flowers and arbors (my favorite!).
It was a last minute idea and such a short drive. It only took a few minutes from our house and I wondered why we hadn’t visited before now. Although my son loves to read, this was a perfect way to get outside and experience history while also adding a few points of extra credit to his grade.
If you’d like to visit the plantation, a white honor box is located at the front gate of the Main House ($5 fee, or $15 per family) to help with the cost of maintenance and upkeep. You can schedule a guided tour, or just stop in and browse around at your leisure. House tours are by appointment only but the grounds are open daily except when closed for private events which are posted on their calendar.
As soon as you begin walking around this historical plantation, you’ll see why this is also an amazing and popular place for weddings. It was a beautiful afternoon and a great way to savor the amazing history RVA has to offer.
And Tuckahoe Plantation is a beautiful place for weddings. Just check out these photos by Caroline Lima with styling, florals, and stationery by Amanda Day Rose Florals & Styling. Don’t you just love this rustic meets elegance at Tuckahoe Plantation?
What historical sites do you enjoy in the RVA area?