Wednesday, October 17
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Join Historic Christ Church & Museum volunteers for a bus trip to historic New Kent and Charles City counties. Begin the morning with a tour of St. Peter’s in New Kent. Constructed in 1701-1703, the rectangular church is laid in English bond and features restored “Flemish” gables and a tower that was added in 1739-1740 by undertaker William Walker.
After St. Peter’s journey to Charles City County and Berkeley, finished in 1726 and home to Benjamin Harrison IV and Anne Carter Harrison, daughter of Robert “King” Carter. This brick mansion with pedimented gables and rubbed brickwork was the birthplace of Benjamin Harrison V (signer of the Declaration of Independence) and his son William Henry Harrison, 9th President of the United States. Site of the First Thanksgiving in 1619, Berkeley is also where “Taps” was composed and played for the first time (during McClellan’s occupation in 1862).
Following a delicious lunch at Indian Fields Tavern, we will visit Shirley, completed in 1738 and home to Robert “King” Carter’s son Secretary John Carter. Shirley’s original collection of outbuildings includes a kitchen, schoolhouse, stable, dovecote, smokehouse and a pair of L-shaped barns. The house showcases original Carter family portraits, silver, furniture and books.
Tickets include admissions, bus, lunch and breakfast treats on ride up with wine and cheese on ride home. Payment is non-refundable due to need to reserve bus.
Fee: $80.00. Purchase tickets at christchurch1735.ticketleap.com.