When Autumn and I first started dating I tried to think of a great place to take her on our first date. After awhile I thought of the perfect place! I have been a lifelong fan of Virginia State Parks. Chippokes Plantation is one of the closest to my home and hadn’t spent much time at that park before, so I decided to take her there. We spent our first date walking the beautiful gardens by the mansion while the azaleas were in full bloom and then walked the beaches of the James river, marveling over the numerous seashells found in the sand.
We have since visited the park numerous times for picnics, walks through the gardens, sunning on the beach, geocaching, and various fairs they hold there. It only seemed fitting that when the time came….I proposed to her at “our” park! So as we walked along the beach, I confessed my undying love for her, dropped to one knee, and asked if she would spend her life with me. She said “YES!!!!!” Now we are seriously considering Chippokes State Park as the venue for our wedding!!! I love, and often visit, ALL of VA’s State Parks…..but Chippokes Plantation will forever be near and dear to my heart as the place where we sealed our future together!!!