Allison Dash Watercolors

Tuckahoe Plantation and Allison Dash, a talented artist and student at CNU, have partnered for a special collaboration! Dash now hand-paints beautiful watercolors of the historic landmark for our Gift Shop. Available in two sizes and customizable, please contact 804-774-1614 if you’re interested in placing an order.

Dash Watercolor

Tuckahoe Plantation and Google Arts & Culture

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February 15th – Starting today, over 80 artifacts from Tuckahoe Plantation can be viewed online on Google Arts & Culture by people around the world due to a new partnership between Google and the Historic Landmark. Thanks to this new virtual collection, users will be able to see Street Views of the original outbuildings on Plantation Street, the rooms Jefferson grew up in, and many other treasures in just a few clicks at https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/beta/partner/tuckahoe-plantation. This all comes as part of Google Arts & Culture’s Presidents Day Collection, celebrating the history of the United States presidency from George Washington to present day. Explore a president’s journey to and time in the Oval Office — from exciting political campaigns, to their first days in office, and finally defining moments of the presidency.

Virtual tour with Street View

Using the Street View feature, people can move around Tuckahoe Plantation virtually, selecting places that interest them and clicking to discover more or diving into the high resolution images, where available.

A specially designed Street View ‘trolley’ took 360 degree images of selected galleries which were then stitched together, enabling smooth navigation of over six rooms within the Main House, including the Burnt Room, White Parlour, and upstairs bedrooms.

Digital exhibit

A specially curated virtual exhibit has been developed for the online visitors who can discover interactive stories, curated by experts at Tuckahoe Plantation. The Presidents Day digital exhibition draws connections between Thomas Jefferson’s adult life and childhood, and how Tuckahoe Plantation influenced the future President.

Rita Sausmikat, Tour Director at Tuckahoe Plantation, said, “We’re thrilled about the launching of Tuckahoe’s Presidents Day exhibit. Partnering with Google Arts & Culture gives hundreds of people access to Tuckahoe and other historic locations that they may never see in person.”

About Tuckahoe Plantation

Tuckahoe Plantation, a National Historic Landmark, was Thomas Jefferson’s boyhood home from 1745 to 1752. The Randolph family plantation is considered by architectural historians to be among the finest early 18th-century plantations in America. The property boasts hand-carved paneling in the home, beautiful gardens, and extensive family history. The grounds are open to the public year-round, and tours of the home are available for scheduling. Please visit Tuckahoe’s website for more information.

About Google Arts & Culture

Google Arts & Culture is a new, immersive way to experience art, history, culture and world wonders from over a thousand organizations worldwide. Google Arts & Culture has been created by the Google Cultural Institute and it is available for free for everyone on the web, on iOS and Android. Read more here.

Vegetable Garden Remodel

Our vegetable gardens are getting a new look! We’re remodeling them to a bigger and more historically accurate layout, similar to those seen at Monticello and Mount Vernon. Come by some time to check them out!

Vegetable Remodel

If gardens are your passion, a great time to visit us is during Historic Garden Week! Thursday, April 27th is Tuckahoe Plantation’s Open House Day, though the gardens are available for your enjoyment any time. For more information, check out the Official Garden Week website: http://www.vagardenweek.org/.

Spotted in the Scout Guide!

Tuckahoe Plantation is featured on the first page of the new Richmond Scout Guide as the beautiful backdrop to Glint Event’s photoshoot. Haven’t seen the new volume five yet? Stop by the plantation for a copy!

Scout Guide Vol. 5.

Grapevine and Lavender Wreaths

Grapevine and Lavender Wreath

Wishing spring would appear sooner? Invite spring’s arrival by sprucing up your door with a beautiful wreath! Tuckahoe Plantation’s handmade grapevine and lavender wreaths provide a pleasant pop of color and scent to any entryway. Wreaths are customizable and can be made in any size. Please call 804-387-5150 for more information and pricing.

New Year, New Look!

The winter season is the time for restoration! The past few weeks, our carpenters have been tirelessly working on sprucing up some outbuildings on the property. Slate roofing tiles were replaced and a fresh coat of white paint dressed up the Schoolhouse and Main House. A few poplar boards were replaced on the Office (originally the Overseer’s cabin), exposing the salmon brick-nogging underneath. These bricks acted as insulation from the temperature changes and wind.

The salmon brick-nogging insulation of the Office exposed.

The salmon brick-nogging insulation of the Office exposed.

The largest project has been the complete overhaul of the Storehouse on Plantation Street, which started showing its age of almost 280 years. The carpenters have kept to 18th-century techniques, using the traditional joinery of wooden pegs and perfectly cut boards instead of modern nails and glue.

Restoration of the Storehouse in 2017.

Restoration of the Storehouse in 2017.

One of the original beams removed was engraved with the Roman Numerals four through eight at specific intervals. The carpenters engraved “2017” in Roman Numerals on the new replacement beam.

An original beam from the Storehouse etched with the Roman Numerals 4 through 8.

An original beam from the Storehouse etched with the Roman Numerals 4 through 8.

The new year means a “new” fresh look for the plantation. Thank you to the guests who’ve contributed through donations or tours, as you’re the funding behind the restoration!

Handmade Holiday Wreathes

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HOLIDAY WREATHES: Handmade from Tuckahoe Plantation’s various firs and magnolia. Perfect for your home and gift for friends and family. Customize with ornaments, pine-cones, ribbon, and lights 10″ for $50!

Place your order today by email: tuckahoeplantationva@gmail.com

Christmas Tour

 

Embrace the holiday season with family and friends at Tuckahoe Plantation’s Christmas Open House on Wed. December 14th from 4-7pm. Guests can wander the rooms, decorated in the 18th-century style, and learn about the plantation’s rich history. Treats and cider will be available in the Old Kitchen, and various vendors will have Christmas gifts for sale. Admission is $10 per adult and $5 per child (ages 5-12 years). No reservations required, just please click “interested” on our Facebook Event Page! With any questions, please call 804-774-1614 or email tuckahoeplantationtours@gmail.com

Haunted History at TP

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Wandering the gardens and mansion of Tuckahoe Plantation, you may feel a sudden chill or even catch a glimpse of it’s “Gray Lady” ghost…
Visit the haunted plantation on Sunday October 30th from 4-7pm for Halloween festivities…if you dare! Admission is $5 per person or $15 per family (max 6 people). Enjoy fall festival games for all ages, like a hayride, spider web maze, face painting, and more. Add a Ghost Tour of the mansion to hear spooky tales of supernatural occurrences (additional $5 per individual or $10 per family)! No reservations need, just click “interested” on our Facebook page. Call 804-774-1614 or email tuckahoeplantationtours@gmail.com for any questions.

Hurricane Hermine

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Hurricane Hermine could not dampen the wedding of Lisa Brown and Alex Morton on September 3rd, 2016! Instead, it left a gorgeous sunset and cooler breeze. Good thing they buried the bourbon!