After suggestions from local Virginians, me and the boys headed out to Route 5 through Charles City County to see some of the original colonial plantations. The ride was breathtaking. Everyone talks about the beauty of Skyline Drive, well Route 5 is most certainly a rival! Many of these plantations are still active as farms after 400 years. We saw cotton bails that have been harvested, which was quite a new site for this Wisconsin native. And the trees, my goodness, they were simply enormous.