Just outside Williamsburg, many historic plantations and mansions grace the Virginia countryside. These architecturally fascinating structures that were seats of power and wealth for three centuries await your discovery. From magnificent Georgian manors on the James River to a modest streamside farmhouse, explore the world of the landed gentry whose complex lifestyles mirrored aristocratic English society. Lectures focus on people who worked the land -- slave and free -- as well as politics, religion and architecture. Field trips present Colonial Williamsburg; Shirley, the Commonwealth’s oldest plantation; Berkeley, the most historic; and other intriguing sites. A tavern dinner and period music programs enhance your learning experience.
Walking up to two miles per day, standing, uneven terrain, and climbing stairs. Some historic sites only accessible by stairs.