The James River at Shirley Plantation

on Monday, April 13, 2009

The picture above shows the James River at Shirley Plantation in Virginia. Shirley Plantation was founded in 1613, only six years after the founding of the first English colony at Jamestown. You can see a picture of the house by clicking HERE.

Water transportation was the most efficient way to move people and crops back then, and so a riverfront was a major requirement for successful plantations. In addition to enabling efficient transportation, the James River also provided a pretty view.