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Last modified: 06/21/07

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Barter Theatre

This local theater, known as the State Theater of Virginia, received its name because area residents would barter ham for Hamlet during the Depression. Opened in 1933, Barter is the longest-running professional residence theatre in the United States. Among the actors who have acted upon its stage are Gregory Peck, Patricia Neal, Ernest Borgnine, Gary Collins, Larry Linville, Hume Cronyn, and Ned Beatty.

Address: Barter Theatre, 133 W. Main Street, P.O. Box 867, Abingdon, Virginia 24212; 276-628-3991. Web:

Berkeley Plantation

America's first official Thanksgiving took place here in 1619.

It is also the birthplace of Benjamin Harrison V, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and President William Henry Harrison.

In addition, it is the birthplace of Taps, which was composed here in 1862.

Address: Berkeley Plantation,
12602 Harrison Landing Road, Charles City, Virginia 23030; 804-829-6018; 888-466-6018.


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