Chippokes Plantation State Park

02. Chippokes Jones-Stewart Mansion

Face coverings are requested for all visitors inside facilities and outdoors when physical distancing is not possible. Guests are requested to deposit $7 entrance fee per vehicle at the gate. 

Chippokes Plantation State Park 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 English gardens.

A campground and overnight cottages allow visitors to stay on the historic grounds. The park has an Olympic-sized swimming pool and a visitor center with gift shop. Recreational 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.