Berkeley Plantation, one of the first great estates in America, comprises about 1,000 acres on the banks of the James River in Charles City County, Virginia.
Among the many American "firsts" that occurred at Berkeley Plantation are:
* The first official Thanksgiving: 4 December 1619
* The first bourbon whiskey distilled: 1621, by George Thorpe, an Episcopal priest.
* First time Army bugle call Taps played: July 1862, by bugler Oliver W. Norton; the melody was written at Harrison's Landing on the plantation by then General Daniel Butterfield.
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