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Lunenburg Historical Society announces fall tour

Join the Lunenburg County Historical Society (LCHS) at Eppington Plantation in Chesterfield County for its annual fall tour. The tour is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26.

Eppington, built circa 1768 in Chesterfield County, was the home of Francis Eppes VI, a prominent farmer and brother-in-law of Thomas Jefferson. In 1989, Chesterfield County accepted from the Hinds/Cherry family the plantation house and 43 acres of land, which include the historic cemetery. Eppington is registered as a National, Virginia, and Chesterfield County Historic Landmark.

Eppington is considered by some to be the “crown jewel” of Chesterfield’s historic homes. Its perfectly proportioned architecture is a one-of-a-kind classroom for architectural historians. Much architectural and archeological investigation is ongoing at the property while the Eppington Foundation attempts to restore the house in all of its gracious authenticity.

Here is what you need to know if you would like to go with us: (You do not have to be a member of the Lunenburg County Historical Society in order to participate.)

  • Mail check to LCHS for the cost of the tour to Lunenburg County Historical Society, 689 Fowlkes Road, Victoria, VA 23974. Mail your check in order for it to arrive by Wednesday, Oct. 16. Enclose a note naming any other individuals for whom you are paying. Call (434) 480-0284 if there is a problem with this check-arrival date.
  • On Saturday, Oct. 26, at 8:30 a.m., meet in Kenbridge at the parking lot behind the Kenbridge Town Hall (old Kenbridge High School) at 511 East Fifth Ave. If you make arrangements to carpool, you may safely leave unattended cars locked and in the parking lot. The Kenbridge Police Department is located in the adjacent Town Hall. Indicate on an enclosure with your check if you will travel on your own to the tour destination rather than meeting the group in Kenbridge.
  • Travel to Eppington (14602 Eppes Falls Road, Chesterfield) to arrive by 9:45 a.m. for tour that will begin at 10 a.m. The tour will take approximately one hour.
  • Group reservations for lunch will be made for the return trip to Kenbridge at the Corner Kitchen in Blackstone, where you can order from the menu. It is assumed that you and any others who may be riding with you will be eating at the restaurant with the group when we give the number for the reservation. If you have other plans, let us know when you mail your check.

It is hoped that you will join LCHS as we venture into rural Chesterfield County.