This 55-mile drive follows the winding Plantation Road along the James River from Richmond to Williamsburg. The drive follows the inland plantation route, passing by several restored colonial plantations that you can visit. In addition to the plantations, the drive passes through wooded groves, rich farmland, and tidewater inlets. The region has remained rural, with extensive woods and forests, river and tidal lands, and bountiful farmlands, despite its long history of settlement and its proximity to the colonial capitals of Jamestown and Williamsburg, and to Richmond, the Confederate and state capital.
Special attractions: The numerous colonial mansions and plantations along the James River are of primary interest. Most are lovingly restored and furnished, including grounds and gardens, and provide guided tours of the buildings and grounds. Other attractions include Fort Harrison, a part of Richmond National Battlefield Park, which played a crucial role in the Battle of Richmond, and a side trip to a national fish hatchery. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
© Bruce Sloane/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.