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A stroll through history at Virginia's Berkeley Plantation
A stroll through history at Virginia's Berkeley Plantation

A place of beginnings and endings, Berkeley Plantation, about halfway between Richmond and Williamsburg, Va., is part of your life. Each time you celebrate Thanksgiving, there's an echo of the first Thanksgiving held here in 1619 (pre-Pilgrim, Berkeley happily reminds us). Each time the solemn notes of taps play at the end of a day or the end of a life, they echo the notes first sounded at Berkeley during the Civil War. Why it's a treasure: Power radiates from every handmade brick in those 3-foot walls completed in 1726. Benjamin Harrison V, son of the builder, signed the Declaration of Independence. Two presidents, William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Harrison, claimed Berkeley...

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