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Chippokes Plantation State Park
Ranked #3 of 9 things to do in Surry
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Located only 6 miles from Surry Courthouse and 15 miles from Colonial Williamsburg and Victorian Smithfield, the 1,947-acre Chippokes Plantation State Park invites visitors to explore thousands of years of natural and Native American and over 394 years of African and European American histories while basking on James River sun-kissed beaches, relaxing amidst nature and a roaring campfire, and visiting other regional attractions. In the same year Africans were first brought to Jamestown, in 1619 Captain William Powell was granted his patent for Chippokes Plantation. By 1626 Chippokes Plantation became a working farm and to this day remains an operational agricultural enterprise. Between April and October visitors may tour the 1854 Jones-Stewart Victorian Mansion and eight, beautifully-appointed exhibit rooms showcase how people decorated and lived in the years before the American Civil War. The Mansion hosts periodic Hearth Cooking Demonstrations at its detached Summer Kitchen. Please check for program details. During Summer months take guided walking tours of "Quarter Lane". Located adjacent to the 1816 Antebellum Riverhouse visitors follow in the footsteps of enslaved African Americans and their contributions to building America during this informative African-American Heritage Program. Please check for program details. Overnight guests may choose between four cabins and fifty water and electric campsites. Reservations are recommended.
Reviewed 28 May 2014

The camping lots are not bad. The pad's are a little small if you are using a large family tent. Our tent hung over the edges of the pads. The bathroom facilities are good but the showers needs some work. They have ridiculous posted camp fire hours. The front gate was never staffed. Over all it was okay and I would not say stay away. Just nothing exciting to say about it.

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Reviewed 27 May 2014

This is a nice family park with lots to see. The museum with farm equipment including old tractors was very interesting. The mansion tour was nice and the tour guide was great. Be sure to go to the visitor's center and to the beaches below the cliffs. Do keep in mind the trail to the beach is not stroller or wheelchair friendly and has many rocks to climb over. It would be difficult for anyone with knee/foot problems and small children. We did not use the cabins. The price for parking on a holiday or weekends is $5. it is well worth it for all you can see and do. A similar park is York River State Park. There are restrooms throughout the park (near the mansion, near the farm museum, visitor's center, etc.) that were very clean. It very close to Bacon's Castle, Hog Island Wildlife Refuge, Surry Nuclear Power Plant, and the Jamestown-Scotland ferry that can take you to the Jamestown, Yorktown, Colonial Williamsburg, and Busch Gardens areas. If you like Colonial history, this is the area for you.

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Reviewed 12 May 2014

This state park is not as well known as it deserves to be. The mansion tour is very informative and enjoyable. The museum of farm equipment is quite extensive (too much so for active children!). This is all included in the very nominal entrance / parking fee of $5 on weekends, $4 on weekdays per car (NOT per individual). The ferry ride across the river from Jamestown adds to the enjoyment of the excursion.

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Reviewed 14 January 2014

the park staff is Great!!!!!!!!!!!!! very interested in sharing their knowledge we learned a great deal from their experience. from our entire family Thank You for taking the time

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Reviewed 29 November 2013

We took the free ferry across the James River to Surry County. The Chippokes Plantation State Park is a hidden gem. We were the only visitors there on a beautiful Thursday afternoon in late November. We received a wonderful guided tour of the Forestry and Farm Museum from Gary and Brian. The grounds are very well maintained and peaceful to stroll about. Will definitely visit again when the mansion is open.

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