Chippokes Plantation State Park
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,
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
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.
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
Dec 14thHoliday Open House1-6pm,
Chippokes Plantation State Park presents their annual Holiday
(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
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 &
SundaysJones-Stewart Mansion Tourstour the antebellum
plantation house built in 1854call ahead for times.
Chippokes Plantation State Park
The facilities are open seasonally and the grounds are
695 Chippokes Park Road (Rt. 634)
Surry, VA 23883
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