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Fort Pocahontas and Sherwood Forest

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Description

Fort Pocahontas

Fort Pocahontas occupies a large area on the banks of the James River. From this area, expect to see bald eagles year-round, as well as many other birds common along the river.

Although it offers good birding opportunities, the Fort is best known for its history during the Civil War. It was a supply depot built and mannered by hundreds of United States Colored Troops (USCT) under the direct command of Brigadier General Edward Augustus Wild. On May 24, 1864, action resulted in a victory for the USCT against an attack led by Major General Fitzhugh Lee, Robert E. Lee’s nephew.

Note: Access to Fort Pocahontas is by appointment only.

Sherwood Forest

Sherwood Forest Plantation, just up the road, was home to John Tyler, 10th President of the United States. The plantation is 25 acres of terraced gardens and serene woodlands. The owners have planted a plethora of flowering plants to attract both birds and butterflies. There are over 80 varieties of centuries-old trees, 29 of which are not indigenous to the United States.

Visitors should park in the guest lot and sign in at the Plantation. There is a $10.00 fee for the self-guided grounds tour. Informational brochures are available at the main entrance kiosk. The entire grounds are open for exploration, but respect the area; it is private property and the owners have been gracious enough to allow entry.

Directions

Physical Addresses:

  • Fort Pocahontas – 13150 Sturgeon Point Road, Charles City, VA 23030
  • Sherwood Forest Plantation – 14501 John Tyler Memorial Highway, Charles City, VA, 23030

From Previous Site on the Plantation Loop of VBWT:

From Southall Plantation return to Rt. 615 and turn right. Travel approximately 1.5 miles to Rt. 614 and continue for 3.0 miles to SR 5. Proceed across SR 5 staying on Rt. 614 (Sturgeon Point Road) until you come to the entrance gate for Fort Pocahontas. Registration and ticket sales are located at the fort entrance.

To continue on to Sherwood Forest Plantation, return to SR5 and turn left (west). Travel a short distance to the signs for the Plantation on the left.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Sherwood Forest Plantation: 804-829-5377, info@sherwoodforest.org; Fort Pocahontas: 804-829-9722, info@fortpocahontas.org
  • Website
  • Access: Sherwood Forest - Fee, Open Daily; Fort Pocahontas - By Appointment Only

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

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