Historic Eppington Plantation
Eppington Plantation c. 1768 has a unique
place in our Nation's history. It is linked to the Thomas Jefferson
Family. His family ties to the Eppes family and to the Eppington
plantation contribute to the plantation's history. He and Francis
Eppes were married to half-sisters, and after the death of
Jefferson's wife in 1782, he brought his two younger daughters,
Maria ("Polly") and Lucy, to Eppington where they lived during
Jefferson's years in Paris as Minister to France. His youngest
daughter died at Eppington is buried somewhere on the grounds. No
grave site has been found. Polly Jefferson married Francis's John
Wayles Eppes in 1797, further strengthening the relationship between
the two families.
Today, the Chesterfield Historical
Society of Virginia works with the Eppington Foundation and the
Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation Department to tell the
history of this plantation. The Chesterfield Historical
Society has a farm exhibit on permanent display in the parlor room.
Together, the Foundation and the Parks and Recreation Department
manage about 400 acres of the original plantation, to develop plans
and interpret the site. Restoration of the house has begun and while
it is not open to the public on a regular basis, except on a one
time basis in the fall of each year (Eppington
Day), it may be seen
by appointment by calling the Chesterfield County Parks and
Recreation Department. (contact Bryan Truzzie, 751-4946 or
while at Historic Eppington, See our "Farm Exhibit" and other
artifacts on display.
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Plantation sits a mile above the Appomattox River on a level ridge in
southwestern Chesterfield County. It is probably the best known of the
Chesterfield plantations. This exceptional beautiful structure is a
late eighteenth-century house built by Francis Eppes VI. Architectural
historians consider the house with its 2 1/2-story, hipped-roof central
block and one-story hipped-roof wings unique among early Virginia dwellings.
It is a "high-style" type of architecture with wood frame construction and
weatherboard sheathing. It has a modified hall-parlor plan of its main
block and has dormer windows. Its brick foundation, hipped roof, three
part neo-Palladian elevations, symmetrical facade, and complex total floor
plan set it apart from most other local houses of the period. It has a
wood shingle roof, plastered interior walls, random width pine floor panels
and six raised panel doors.
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Headquarters and research library has moved into the old historic Trinity
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