Richmond Virginia's Plantation Trolley Tour
Explore the historic Richmond, Virginia area with its magnificent plantation homes on a fun trolley ride with a locally, trained guide along the spectacular James River. Share in the exploration with other like-minded tourist that appreciate fine architectural details and lovely, authentic antique furnishings.
With some of these structures witnessing the happenings back to the Jamestown Era and the American and Civil War, take an inspiring trolley ride to view two timeless homes from the following options.
Sherwood Forest Home
• Recorded in land grants dating back to 1616, present house built in 1720
• Home of the 10th President John Tyler
• Length extends over 300 awe-inspiring feet (breaking records as the longest)
• 1613 and the first in Virginia, present house built in 1738
• Encompassing over 700 amazing acres
• Highlight is the floating staircase
• Originally constructed in the early 1840s, burned in Civil War, rebuilt in 1947
• Home to the late Edmond Ruffin (said to fire the first shot in the Civil War)
• Built on honor of William Byrds daughter, Evelyn
• Dating back to 1730, home of the founder of Richmond, William Byrd II
• Lovely, fragrant Tulip Poplars still stand after 150 years
• Adorned with secret passageways
Time and Location Details
Upon booking, 4 people per reservation required and a total of 12 needed for tour to commence. Wear comfortable clothes (according to weather conditions) and sturdy shoes (no sandals)
• Sundays at 12:00 p.m.
• Tour Length – 3-hours
• Meet at the Segway of Richmond Office - 1301 E Cary St, Richmond,
All of these lovely plantation homes are listed and recognized on the prestigious National Register of Historic Places, as well as, the National and Virginia Historic Landmarks and are sure to please all that partake in a tour. When you book a guided tour, you’re guaranteed to learn all about their historical significance. Plus the bonus of taking a lovely trolley ride brings more ambiances to the scenic drive to each location.
Walk in the footsteps and homes of 3 U.S. Presidents. Site of the First Thanksgiving in the nation, 1619. Beautiful grounds nestled next to the James River. All starting in 1613!
Sherwood Forest Home of the 10th US President John Tyler from 1842-1862, and has been the continuous residence of the Tyler family since he purchased it in 1842. Known to be the longest frame house in America, over 300 feet long. Sherwood Forest Plantation reflects the lifestyle of this mid-19th century Presidential family.
Shirley Plantation is Virginia's first plantation, founded in 1613, and America's oldest family business. The chronicle of Shirley Plantation best exemplifies the period in our nation's history between the settlement at Jamestown in 1607 and the movement towards American independence from Great Britain in 1776. After eleven generations and under the leadership of one family, Shirley Plantation has survived Indian uprisings, Bacon's Rebellion, the American Revolution, the American Civil War, and the Great Depression.
Evelynton was originally part of William Byrd's expansive Westover Plantation. Named for Byrd's daughter, Evelyn, this site has been home to the Ruffin family since 1847. The family patriarch, Edmund Ruffin, fired the first shot of the Civil War at Fort Sumter. Evelynton was the site of fierce Civil War skirmishes in 1862, when General George McClellan waged his destructive Peninsula Campaign; J.E.B. Stuart, Stonewall Jackson and John Pelham bravely led the Southern offensive in the Battle of Evelynton Heights.
Westover was built circa 1730 by William Byrd II, the founder of Richmond. It is noteworthy for its secret passages, magnificent gardens, and architectural details. The grounds and garden are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, but the house is not open to the public. Westover was named for Henry West, fourth Lord Delaware and son of Thomas West, Governor of Virginia. The shady tulip poplars framing the building are more than 150 years old. The house is considered one of the most outstanding example of Georgian architecture in America.
Pickup & Return:
Segway of Richmond Office.
Departure Times: 12:00pm - Sunday Only
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- Transport on our beautiful trolleys to two (2) plantations, with admission included
Does not include:
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- 4-person Minimum to Book Tour
- Dress code is casual
- Minimum numbers of 12 apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.