Sherwood Forest Plantation as Never Seen by John Tyler

My Journey Through the Best Presidential Biographies


Sherwood Forest Plantation from a Cirrus SR20 at ~1,800′ AGL

In one of history’s interesting coincidences, the ninth and tenth Presidents (William Henry Harrison and John Tyler) were both born in Charles City County, Virginia.  Harrison was born in 1773 at Berkeley Plantation while Tyler was born seventeen years later just a few miles to the east at Greenway Plantation. But that is just one of many coincidences involving these two former presidents.

Their more significant connection, of course, was that despite their paths rarely intersecting during their lives Tyler found himself Harrison’s vice presidential running mate in 1840, and later became president due to Harrison’s death just one month into his term.

But their cosmic synchronicity has further to run. In 1842 then-President John Tyler purchased an estate known as Walnut Grove located a few miles from his birthplace. He renamed it Sherwood Forest Plantation, allegedly in reference to his being…

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