FOC is a 50lc(3)
non-profit organization.

Summary of FOC's 2021 Accomplishments

    Specific Accomplishments include --
  • The Gift Shop was given a makeover that included new decor, stocking colonial items handcrafted by local artisans, and acceptance of charge cards.
  • The annual Harvest Festival, co-sponsored by the Park and FOC, succeeded in providing a day of activities for young and old.
  • FOC provided funds for: Conference Shelter Renovation; Gift shop merchandise; a podium; memorial bench; a blower; mulch and plants; chainsaw; log splitter; and supplies needed for Firewood and Garden Workdays and interpretive programs.
  • Set up a booth at the Smithfield Farmers Market to promote the Park and offer pumpkins for a donation.
  • Firewood workday volunteers ensured there was a supply of firewood on hand at the campground, making firewood donations a major source of income for FOC.
  • Garden workdays have improved and enhanced the appearance of the mansion grounds and flower beds.
  • Interpretation of the Brick Kitchen and the Jones-Stewart Mansion, and operation of the Gift Shop adapted to, and continued, under COVID guidelines.
  • One new member was added in 2021.

Friends Group

FOC's Goals and Objectives for 2022

  • Continue to provide volunteer services and funding for park events, programs, and activities throughout the year.
  • Landscape front of Conference Shelter.
  • Refinish the Conference Shelter floor.
  • Revise FOC publications, as necessary.
  • Revise, update, and maintain FOC website. Maintain Facebook page.
  • Recruitment initiatives:
    • Make up a FOC Recruitment Poster. Post on FOC website, Facebook, and around park.
    • Add a link to the Application Form on FOC website.

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Our Mission -"Here To Serve"

The mission of the Friends of Chippokes State Park is to identify and promote activities to enhance the cultural and natural resources of Chippokes State Park.

In furtherance of our mission, the Friends of Chippokes shall actively encourage donations and fund-raising to support the Park.

Our Activities and Programs

The knowledgeable and friendly volunteer staff at Chippokes love our park and are committed to giving all our guests a memorable and outstanding outdoor experience, rich in natural beauty and cultural history. 

The Friends of Chippokes develop, staff, and finance a number of programs and activities for our guests all year 'round. 

The Friends of Chippokes (FOC) operate the Gift Shop located in the Packard garage (c. 1837). Money raised in the Gift Shop and other activities is used to provide for park needs and to enrich the Chippokes experience for our guests.  For example, the Friends provided the funds to purchase the TVs and DVD players in the guest cabins.

The Friends support the Park staff with the campfire programs, Junior Rangers, and outreach to Surry Elementary School children.

The Friends raise money to fund specific park needs and programs, mainly through donations, Gift Shop, and firewood donations. 

To see current and future Park activities, take a look at our Chippokes calendar and the DCR Calendar.

Helping The Friends

Volunteers Capture the charm of Chippokes! Come join with us. Your time will be well spent, and we will provide training if needed.

A few of the many Volunteer opportunities that abound at Chippokes:   

  • Provide assistance during park events
  • Help maintain grounds, garden, and trails
  • Mansion docents
  • Work in the gift shop
  • Assist with fossil walks
  • Help with firewood workdays

Volunteer hours earn awards such as:

  • Lifetime pass to all Virginia State Parks
  • Discounted camping and cabin benefits
  • Job experience when applying for employment

You might have special skills or talents that will allow us to expand our programs. TALK TO US!

For general information on volunteering, contact the Park Volunteer Coordinator, at 757-294-3625.


You do not have to be a member of the Friends of Chippokes in order to be a volunteer.  However, by becoming a member of FOC, you will be better informed and will become an integral part of Park operations.  So, if you want to join, you are quite welcome!   

Annual dues are $15 individual; $25 family, and are renewed at the end of January. 

To join, print and fill out this membership application, make check payable to "Friends of Chippokes," and send to:  Friends of Chippokes State Park, 695 Chippokes Park Road, Surry, VA 23883.


Regularly scheduled meetings are the second Saturday in the month, at 10:00AM, in the Jones-Stewart Mansion conference room.  Prospective members are encouraged to come to a meeting and get acquainted.


Officers include:  President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and three directors.  All are elected to serve two-year terms, and can be reelected.

Our Officers

President - Barbara Lindley email
Vice President - Judith Pysher
Secretary - Helen Stahl
Treasurers - Phil Redmond
Assistant Treasurer - Pat Pauley
Directors - Tom Witowski, Ed Wrightson, and Barbara Rucker


Friends of Chippokes was incorporated in 1999 by a group of dedicated volunteers to carry out Our Mission.

FOC is a 50lc(3) non-profit organization.  Donations are tax deductible and gratefully received. 

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