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Season 1, Episode 9: William Henry Harrison and Berkeley Plantation
William Henry Harrison’s birthplace at the Berkeley Plantation, home to six generations of Harrisons.
The only presidential birthplace where the president’s birth is only one of the five most interesting things to happen there. Also, learn about why William Henry Harrison conveniently elided his regal roots in favor of the log cabin myth.
Berkeley Plantation website.
Berkeley Plantation‘s listing on James River Plantations.
Berkeley Plantation house. Sign at Berkeley Plantation and Harrison’s Landing. At Berkeley Plantation! Display on Harrison in the basement of the house. William Henry Harrison. House, with stone for Benjamin and Anne Harrison over doorway. Cannon ball hole fired by J.E.B. Stuart in 1862. From the native attacks on the Berkeley Hundred. Berkeley in its heyday. Military camp at Berkeley during the Civil War. From the first playing of “Taps.” Abraham Lincoln visiting George McClellan at Berkeley. View from the house to the James River. Marker for the Berkeley Hundred and First Thanksgiving. The James River at Harrison’s Landing. Plantation grounds. On the river. Marker for John Woodliffe at the First Thanksgiving. Great view through the doors. Marker for “Taps.” Gravesite for the Harrison family; the Jamiesons are buried nearby, as well. Marker for First Thanksgiving. Marker for Benjamin Harrison (V) outside the plantation.
Berkeley from above. (from Berkeley website)
Berkeley main house in the 1920s; the porch and portico were destroyed in a fire.
My favorite room (and most William Henry Harrison centric) from the Berekley website.
William Henry Harrison portrait by James Reid Lambdin.
William Henry Harrison Birthplace: 12602 Harrison Landing Road, Charles City, Virginia.
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