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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 truzzieb@chesterfield.gov) Also, while at Historic Eppington,  See our "Farm Exhibit" and other artifacts on display. 


Additional information regarding Eppington may be found at: www.eppington.org."

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EppingtonThe 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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