Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia

 c. 1768 Historic Eppington

 
  • EppingtonEppington Plantation was built in 1768 by Francis Eppes VI, brother-in-law to Thomas Jefferson. Eppes and Jefferson also were close friends and, after Jefferson’s wife Martha died in 1782, the newly widowed Jefferson entrusted his two daughters, Maria and Lucy, to the Eppes family while he served as minister to France. Sadly, Lucy died of whooping cough shortly thereafter and was buried on the property. Maria grew to adulthood, married the eldest Eppes son and remained on the property until her death in 1804.

    The house itself is a Chesterfield County Historic Landmark, a Virginia Historic Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. It is an excellent example of 18th century Georgian design and features a three-bay, two-and-a-half story central block design with hipped roof, dormers and flanking one story wings. Eppington is well preserved and still looks much as it did 250 years ago.  Eppington is open to the public by appointment during the year and has an annual open house in the fall free to the public with many activities. Contact Chesterfield County Parks at 804-748-1623.
  • Aielrial View of EppingtonAerial View of Eppington - Click on photograph for a larger view
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Rediscover Chesterfield’s History.  In Chesterfield County, visitors can experience over 400 years of history spanning the pre-colonial era through the early 20th century. Visit our historic sites and take part in our programs and events to learn some unique firsts that happened here. https://www.chesterfield.gov/819/History

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Chesterfield County's Unique Historical Sites

Castlewood Castlewood, as seen today, was built by Parke Poindexter who served as clerk of the court from 1812 until 1847. Castlewood's five-part design bears no likeness to any other recorded dwelling in Virginia.  The historical home formerly housed the offices and staff of the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia.  We are now in the historic Trinity Church and we have our research library and offices there.  Our holdings focus primarily on the history of Chesterfield county and its families. The collection has been carefully assembled through the years by members and friends of the Society and preserved for the use of this and future generations. We invite the public to make use of our library free of charge. 

And while you are here, check out the museum, the historic 1892 Jail and Magnolia Grange House Museum.  We have rotating exhibits on display.  We hope to have soon Historic Point of Rocks as a favorite place to visit as well.  This site is currently closed to the public.