Experience a re-enactment of the first Thanksgiving (and more) at the Virginia Thanksgiving Festival!

Each year, during the first weekend in November, Virginians flock to Berkeley Plantation to celebrate Thanksgiving a little early and spend a day immersed in 17th-century colonial America.

On Sunday, November 4, head to Charles City (between Richmond and Williamsburg) for Berkeley Plantation's annual tradition of gratefulness, outdoor activities, rich history, education, and a good time with friends and family. The festival is such a tradition, in fact, that it actually dates back to 1619, when a group of colonists arrived on the shores of the James River. According to the festival's website, they've been celebrating every year since!


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There will also be horse-drawn carriages, interactive games, food and drink vendors, a corn maze, live entertainment, and much, much more. Admission is charged per vehicle ($10 per car/van and $5 per motorcycle, cash only). Make sure to bring chairs and blankets, and wear comfortable walking shoes! Be prepared to make a day of it.

The plantation is located at 12602 Harrison Landing Road, Charles City, VA 23030. Get more details about the festival here

Sometimes it is so nice to get away and spend time in nature, history, and good old family fun, right? Have you ever been to the Virginia Thanksgiving Festival before? Do you plan to go this year? Tell us about your experience in the comments below!

Look beyond Thanksgiving to Christmas -- and Hallmark's holiday movie marathon already in progress!