National Geographic : 1964 Sep
Spring's green kiss enhances the beauty of Berkeley, ancestral home of Presidents William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Harrison. During the Revolutionary War, British troops under Benedict Arnold came into the Bay and plundered this Virginia plantation on the James River. In the Civil War, Gen. George B. Mc Clellan used Berkeley as his headquarters after the Battle of Malvern Hill. Today, for a nominal fee, visitors may inspect its high-ceilinged rooms and roam the for mal garden of English and American boxwood. These American boxwood bushes were planted nearly 50 years ago, replacing much older English bushes destroyed in the Civil War. Virginia's tidewater region abounds in stately plantation homes, built with the profits of the tobacco trade that began: with the Jamestown colony. Blessed with architectural beauty, magnificent set tings, and romantic legends, they attract hordes of visitors. One of the loveliest estates, Carter's Grove, near Williams burg, opened its doors to the public this year for the first time. KODACHROMESBY EMORY KRISTOF(BELOW) AND NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHERBATESLITTLEHALES © N.G.S . The Author: In 12 years of travel reporting for NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, Nathaniel T. Kenney has written vividly of the national forests, the divided city of Berlin, the Great Lakes, Italy, and Africa. A native Baltimorean, he returned last year to the waters of his boyhood and sailed some 2,000 miles in the Bay and its tributaries. Here, with hand on tiller, he rides out a stormy day aboard the 36-foot ketch Betelgeuse (opposite), named for the giant red star in Orion.