Back home after no wi-fi the past couple days so able to pick up with the traveblog. It will have a most interesting conclusion (in a few days).
Berkeley plantation is situated on the north bank of the James River. In addition to its fame as the home of a signer of the Declaration of Independence and two U.S. Presidents, it's the site where the Army of the Potomac cloistered after the Seven Days' Battles in '62. "Taps" was composed here. It was known then as Harrison's Landing after the signer (Benjamin V) and first of the two Chief Executives (William Henry).
Couple more Presidential connections: this is where Lincoln stepped ashore to confer with McClellan after the Seven Days; and Bush issued last November's Thanksgiving Proclamation from these grounds--Virginians cite it as where English colonists first held a Thanksgiving over a year before the landing of the Pilgrims in Massachusetts.
The A/C unit is not period.
Like all good tourist hosts, Berkeley has a gift shop--with several Civil War items. For $6.30 I came away with John Coski's 1989 The Army of the Potomac at Berkeley's Plantation: The Harrison's Landing Occupation of 1862. (Whew, the title is almost as long as the monograph.) Good little book; period pictures that make a mind's eye comparison more than just fanciful; notes and bibliography. Nice treasure, along with photos from the visit.