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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.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2014 via mobile

Very nice park. $4 on a Saturday per car. It had nice trails and a free farm/animal area. Nice picnic benches to have a lunch outside. The visitor center was nice and informative.

Visited June 2014
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“It's better than KOA”
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.

Visited April 2014
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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182 reviews
137 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 549 helpful votes
“Very nice park in the middle of nowhere”
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.

Visited May 2014
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50 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Well worth the relatively short drive from Williamsburg”
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.

Visited May 2014
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Sherrills Ford, North Carolina
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“the park staff is Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
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

Visited December 2013
1 Thank allstedocs
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