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

Summary of FOC's 2020 Accomplishments

    In spite of the coronavirus pandemic restrictions in 2020, Friends of Chippokes continued to provide unwavering volunteer services and support to the park, while complying with Covid-19 guidelines. Following is a report of noteworthy accomplishments:
  • Revised, republished, and funded the Chippokes Plantation State Park Welcome Guide.
  • Weekly Firewood Workdays provided a supply of firewood for the campground, which was a major source of income for FOC.
  • FOC's Garden Workday Coordinator devised and implemented an aggressive plan to improve and maintain the mansion grounds, flower beds, planters, and Stewart's gravesite.
  • The FOC Gift Shop modified its operation and reduced its hours to be Covid compliant.
  • Outside interpretation of the Brick Kitchen and the Jones-Stewart Mansion was successfully implemented IAW Covid guidelines.
  • FOC successfully participated in the Smithfield Farmers Market to promote the park and provide home-grown pumpkins for a donation. More pumpkins were on-hand at the visitor center for a donation. Together, donations exceeded $500.00.
  • FOC approved park funding requests for programs and activities, to include the purchase of a $4,000, 48" deck, zero-turn mower.
  • FOC funds in the amount of $7,765.00 were approved to support the Conference Shelter Renovation Project. Qualified FOC volunteer workers will help with the project.
  • FOC volunteers decorated the park for Fall and Christmas, and provided volunteer support for Thanksgiving and Holiday events.
  • The fact that Friends of Chippokes has maintained its momentum in 2020 is also a noteworthy accomplishment.

FOC's Goals and Objectives for 2021

  • Continue to provide volunteer services and funding as needed to support Park and FOC activities, events and programs, IAW Covid-19 limitations and guidelines.
  • Resume regularly scheduled annual events contingent upon coronavirus restrictions.
  • Provide funding and volunteers to help with the Conference Shelter Renovation Project.
  • Recruitment of new members remains a top priority.


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Our Mission -"Here To Serve"

The mission of the Friends of Chippokes Plantation State Park is to identify and promote activities to enhance the cultural and natural resources of Chippokes Plantation 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 also become "residents" to interpret from Chippokes' past at certain times during the year.

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

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

Helping The Friends

If you are willing to help, the Friends are willing to let you. Heck, they even provide any training that might be necessary!

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

  • Provide assistance during park events
  • Help maintain grounds, garden, and trails
  • Mansion docents
  • Help archive and catalog historical documents and artifacts
  • Work in the gift shop
  • Assist with fossil walks
  • Assist with canoe trips

Volunteer hours earn awards such as:

  • Lifetime pass to all Virginia State Parks
  • Free 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.

Membership

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, submit your name, address, phone, e-mail, and check payable to "Friends of Chippokes," to:  Friends of Chippokes Plantation State Park, 695 Chippokes Park Road, Surry, VA 23883.

Meetings

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.

Organization

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

Our Officers

Co-Presidents - Anne Nall and Barbara Lindley email
Co-Vice Presidents - Lisa and Eddie Wrightson
Secretary - Bailey Monnett
Treasurers - Phil Redmond
Assistant Treasurer - Pat Pauley
Directors - Judith Pysher and Terri White

 

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. 

For more information e-mail us at president@chippokes.com.