Williamsburg and Hampton Roads Sights

Sherwood Forest Plantation

  • 14501 John Tyler Memorial Hwy. Map It
  • Charles City
  • House/Mansion/Villa

Published 01/10/2017

Fodor's Review

Dating from 1720, at 300 feet, this plantation is said to be the longest wood-frame house in the United States. It was the retirement home of John Tyler (1790–1862), 10th president of the United States. Tyler, who came into office in 1842 when William Henry Harrison died a month after inauguration, was a Whig who dissented from his party's abolitionist line in favor of the pro-slavery position of the Democrats. He died in 1862, having served briefly in the congress of the Confederate States of America. His house remains in the Tyler family and is furnished with heirloom antiques; it's surrounded by a dozen acres of grounds and the five outbuildings, including a tobacco barn. The house is only open to individuals who have made a reservation at least a week in advance, but the grounds are open to the public. It's also open to the public during the annual Garden Week.

Sight Information


Rte. 5, 14501 John Tyler Memorial Hwy., Charles City, Virginia, USA

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Sight Details:

  • Grounds $10, house open to tours of 10 or more with advanced reservation $35 per person

Published 01/10/2017


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