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North Bend Plantation
12200 Weyanoke Road
Charles City, Virginia 23030
Voice: 804-829-5176

The North Bend Plantation is rich in history and is a National Register property. The original portion of the house was built in 1819 by John Minge for his wife Sarah Harrison, sister of William Harrison, 9th President of the United States. The histories of the families from here and the neighboring plantations are intertwined through many marriages. The current owner, George Copland II, is descended from the original owners. The house was remodeled in 1853, doubling it in size. Union troops occupied the area during the Civil War and the owner at the time left, fearing for his life. He never returned. General Sheridan occupied the house and his troops stayed in the fields behind the house. They built the pontoon bridge to cross the James River to join the forces in Petersburg.

Today, the rooms contain many heirlooms that were original to the house and from the neighboring plantations. One of the bedrooms contains the desk of General Sheridan (papers of his were found in a hidden compartment) and also the bed of Mr. Copland's great, great grandfather, Edmund Ruffin. Mr. Ruffin is credited with firing the first shot onto Fort Sumter beginning the Civil War.

A tour of the house and grounds includes the history of most of the fine pieces of furniture and personal items such as letters, dishes, and other items belonging to the owner's ancestors. This house truly shows its history, unlike many others that no longer have their original pieces. These original items makes this a wonderful tour and a must for anyone who is interested in American history and Civil War history. The house is open daily from 9 to 5 and tours are by appointment. Most of the tour hostesses are Copland/Harrison/Ruffin descendants.



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