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Chippokes Plantation State Park - COVID-19 is still a concern so the park, campground, Visitors Center, gift shop, playground, beach and trails are open with some restrictions, public restrooms open for guests, Farm and Forestry Museum is closed until further notice; please deposit $7 entrance fee per vehicle at the gate; please be mindful of social distancing recommendations while onsite; pool will remain closed for the season.

Chippokes Plantation State Park

Chippokes Plantation offers modern recreational activities and a glimpse of life in a bygone era. Visitors may tour the historic area with its antebellum mansion and outbuildings, and stroll through formal gardens.
A campground and four overnight cottages allow visitors to stay on the historic grounds. The park has an Olympic-sized swimming pool and a visitor center with a gift shop. Other opportunities include biking, hiking, horseback riding, fishing and boating,
or canoeing.

In 1854, Albert Carroll Jones built the present Chippokes Mansion that overlooks the historic James River. This Italianate structure was built of brick, had stucco applied, and was painted on its river facade. At one time, Chippokes had one of the few legal distilleries in the Commonwealth. Local legend conjectures that the mansion survived the Civil War because Albert Jones sold his brandies to both sides during the war.
The Plantation changed owners many times before it was bought in 1918 by Thornton Jeffress of Rochester, New York and V.W. Stewart of Wilson, North Carolina. Mr. and Mrs. Stewart moved to Chippokes and expended great effort to restore the property, and compiled a detailed history of the plantation. Upon her husband's death in 1967, Mrs. Stewart, in order to preserve the plantation in its entirety, donated Chippokes Plantation to the Commonwealth as a memorial to her husband. Mrs. Stewart hoped that the plantation would become a park and would be preserved as a working farm to interpret day-to-day farm life through the centuries.
Chippokes Plantation is one of the oldest continually farmed plantations in the country, retaining its original 1619 boundaries of 1,683 acres. The Farm and Forestry Museum at the park offers displays of antique farm and forestry equipment, tools, and housewares.

Upcoming Events:

Dec 14th—Holiday Open House—1-6pm,
Chippokes Plantation State Park presents their annual Holiday Open House
(Surry County, Va.) - Join us Saturday, December 14 for seasonal festivities on the mansion grounds at Chippokes Plantation State Park's annual Holiday Open House event.

Visitors can tour the Jones-Stewart Mansion decked for the holidays and warm up in the historic Brick Kitchen where volunteers in period dress will share the sights, sounds, and tastes of holiday hearth cooking.

Holiday crafts for the entire family, stories around a bonfire, guided hikes (weather permitting) and more will be available.

The daily $7 parking fee applies. Guests should dress for the weather as some activities will be located outdoors and/or inside a tent. Call 757-294-3439 for more information.

Virginia State Parks are managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. For more information about Virginia State Parks' activities and amenities or to reserve one of the more than 1,800 campsites or 300 climate-controlled cabins, call the Virginia State Parks Reservation Center at 800-933-PARK (7275) or visit www.virginiastateparks.gov .

Ongoing on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays—Jones-Stewart Mansion Tours—tour the antebellum plantation house built in 1854—call ahead for times. 757-294-3625

Kathryn Lane
Volunteer Coordinator
Chippokes Plantation State Park
757-294-3625
kathryn.lane@dcr.virginia.gov

The facilities are open seasonally and the grounds are open daily.

695 Chippokes Park Road (Rt. 634)
Surry, VA 23883
757-294-3625
http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/chi.shtml

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