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.
December Events/Interpretive Programs:
Saturday, December 6 - Southern Heritage Deer Hunt.
PARK CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.
Friday, December 12 - Staff/Volunteer Christmas Party.
Maintenance Shop. 12 noon.
Saturday, December 13 - James River Hike. Meet at the Jones-Stewart
Mansion parking lot. 1 - 2:30pm.
Saturday, December 20 - River House Tour. Meet at
the River House. 1-1:30pm.
Friday-Monday, December 26-29 - Jones-Stewart Mansion
Tours. Meet at the back door of the Mansion. 12-4pm.
Saturday, December 27 - Wood Splitting Demo. Meet
at the Brick Kitchen. 1-3pm.
January Events/Interpretive Programs:
Thursday, January 1 - First Day Hikes. See information
Thursday, January 1 - Jones-Stewart Mansion Tour.
News and Opportunities:
Southern Heritage Deer Hunt. Saturday, December 6.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Southern Heritage
Deer Hunt at Chippokes. Hunters register ahead and are given
a unique hunting experience, which includes three catered
meals, skilled dogs, transportation to and from the stands,
and a butchering service. Note that the park is closed to
the public on this day.
Staff/Volunteer Christmas Party. You are invited
to the Staff/Volunteer Christmas Party on Friday, December
12, at 12:00 noon, at the Park's Maintenance Shop. The Friends
of Chippokes are providing the meat. Please bring a side
dish or dessert. All those who want to participate in the
gift swap, please bring a gift costing no more than $10.
Please RSVP to Kathryn Lane by Friday, December 5.
Jones-Stewart Mansion Holiday Dates. The Jones-Stewart
Mansion will be open Friday, December 26 through Monday,
December 29, offering a pleasant diversion for you, your
family, and any out-of-town guests. You will find the Mansion
beautifully decorated for Christmas. The Mansion will also
be open on Thursday, January 1, providing a perfect follow-up
activity for one of our First Day Hikes (see below). Please
note that the Mansion hours are 12-4pm on all of these holiday
First Day Hikes. First Day Hikes is a nationwide
event featuring hundreds of hiking programs aimed at kicking
off 2015 in the serenity of nature. Chippokes Plantation
State Park has two programs to help you jumpstart your new
James River Hike. 9-11:30am. Join a park interpreter
for a leisurely stroll through forests and fields. The hike
will take place on the James River Trail and will feature
opportunities to witness wildlife and their habitats. It
is recommended that participants wear comfortable shoes
and warm clothing. There will be a break halfway through
the hike, so feel free to bring something to eat. Meet at
the Jones-Stewart parking lot.
Flying Feathered Friends. 11am-12pm. Grab your binoculars
or cameras and join the flock as we search for birds. Hiking
through a variety of Chippokes natural habitats, we will
experience how different birds use the park as a breeding,
wintering, and permanent habitat. Some binoculars will be
provided. It is recommended that participants wear comfortable
shoes and warm clothing. Meet in front of the Visitor Center.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the staff at Chippokes
Plantation State Park!
Chippokes Plantation State Park
The facilities are open seasonally and the grounds are
695 Chippokes Park Road (Rt. 634)
Surry, VA 23883
Seeour Map page for location