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

Summary of FOC's 2019 Accomplishments

  • Friends of Chippokes partnered with the park to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Chippokes Plantation on 6 October 2019 with a distinguished list of invited speakers and guests. The program included dedication of the Chippokes Plantation Wall that was funded and built by Friends of Chippokes, followed by a reception serving traditional Surry County fare.
  • 2019 was the 20th Anniversary of Friends of Chippokes. FOC volunteers continue to be actively engaged in hosting and/or supporting a variety of year-round activities and events, to include: Garden Tea; Easter Egg Hunt; Steam and Gas Engine Show; Harvest Festival, Holiday Open House, operation of the gift shop, and open hearth cooking. FOC provided necessary funds throughout the year for a variety of projects, to include: Park interpretive programs; a security fence and carport for the firewood area; gardening tools and gloves for garden workdays; and an A-frame FOC promotional sign.
  • The park and FOC continue to maintain a good rapport with Emily Brewer, our local Delegate. She is a park supporter and attends certain events at the park.
  • For the Record, a Memorandum of Understanding between Chippokes Plantation State Park and Friends of Chippokes, was signed on April 13, 2019, that authorized FOC to serve as custodian for certain Farm & Forestry Museum funds.
  • FOC has established and maintains an informational Facebook account.
  • FOC's income increased significantly in 2019 mainly from the sale of firewood in the campground. A core of volunteers now split and bundle the firewood from wood that is available on-site, at no cost.
  • A total of 20 new FOC members joined in 2019. A FOC promotional Welcome Basket helped to sign up new members.

FOC's Goals and Objectives for 2020

Friends of Chippokes Goals and Objectives for 2020 are to continue to provide volunteer support and funding as needed throughout the year for a variety of events, activities and projects, to include the following:

  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Garden Tea
  • Steam & Gas Engine Show
  • Harvest Festival
  • Holiday Open House
  • Garden Workdays
  • Firewood Workdays
  • Gift Shop Operation
  • Open Hearth Cooking
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Food for Volunteer Groups
  • Seasonal flowers and decorations to complement the park grounds.
  • Maintain FOC website and Facebook page.
  • Update and republish the Welcome Guide for Chippokes Plantation State Park.


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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.