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Chinqua Penn Plantation and Vineyard
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NameChinqua Penn Plantation and Vineyard
Address2138 Wentworth Street
Reidsville, NC 27320
Brief DescriptionHistoric home & garden tours, wine tastings, weddings/events
TypeAttraction
CategoryHistoric Site
DescriptionFeatured on A&E's America's Castles and acclaimed as an architectural American treasure, Chinqua Penn Plantation near Reidsville, North Carolina, was the home of Jeff and Betsy Penn. Mr. Penn was founder of the Penn Tobacco Company. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Plantation includes a 27 room English countryside mansion filled with elaborate furnishings from 30 countries, surrounded by 22 acres of beautiful gardens and historic landscape. The estate showcases the state's premier collection of eclectic decorative arts. Built in the 1920's by Thomas Jefferson Penn (1875-1946) and his wife, Beatrice Schoellkopf Penn (1881-1965), Chinqua Penn reflects their lifestyle of entertaining, traveling, and collecting art and furniture from around the world. The historic landscape evolved into an exotic horticulture collection, changing with each season. The Penn's love of the beautiful and artistic was manifested in the use of both native and imported plant material at Chinqua Penn. Chinqua Penn is named for the chinquapin, a dwarf chestnut tree. Once abundant here, most chinquapins were destroyed by the chestnut blight in the 1930's. Ownership was transferred to Calvin Phelps in 2006 and the house and gardens are now open to the public for tours.
Phone 1(336) 349-4576
Phone 2(336) 477-4453
Emaillynn@chinquapenn.com
Handicapped AccessibleNo
Time Allowancen/a
Websitewww.chinquapenn.com
Last Updated1/7/2008
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