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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.

Chippokes Steam and Gas Engine Show - Start your summer off with a visit to the 28th Annual Steam and Gas Engine Show at Chippokes Plantation State Park taking place June 2-3, 2018. “Hit-n-miss” engines, antique tractors and classic cars will be on display. Enjoy tram rides, tractor pulls, sawmill demonstrations and kid’s activities, including a pedal tractor pull competition. Food and craft vendors will be on hand. Don’t miss this great family event.
Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days, and admission is $5.00 per vehicle. Class A, B, and C tractor pulls will be conducted by the Central Virginia Antique Tractor Pulling Association (CVATPA). More information is available on their website at www.cvatpa.com. Exhibitors and vendors are welcome to attend. Contact Chippokes Plantation State Park at (757)-294-3728 for more information.

For more information about Virginia State Parks’ activities and amenities or to make reservations in 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 .

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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