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Atkins Acres

Through a gift of her 100-acre forested estate to Chesterfield County in 2011, Anna Atkins left a legacy of conservation for generations to enjoy.
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Through a gift of her 100-acre forested estate to Chesterfield County in 2011, Anna Atkins left a legacy of conservation for generations to enjoy.

Project Overview

Project Location
Chesterfield County, VA
Property Size
109.2 Acres
Project Type

A Conservation Legacy

For Anna Atkins, protecting the homeplace she and her husband loved so much was a dying wish. And thanks to the executors of her estate, her wishes became reality a year after her death in summer of 2011 when the property was deeded to Chesterfield County with deed restrictions to one day become Atkins Acres Community Park. Capital Region Land Conservancy was proud to be there when Ms. Atkins needed support and assistance to bring together all of the parties who could facilitate such a generous offer.

Married couple (Paul and Anna Atkins) in hats and collared shirts holding a basket of ripe red tomatoes
Paul and Anna Atkins with homegrown tomatoes from their garden

With our help, Ms. Atkins’ estate successfully gifted her property to the county and it remains to today, a 100-acre gem in the midst of rapid development in southern Chesterfield County. The streams which bisect the property and the forests which surround them create a beautiful and bucolic world all unto itself, a place where she and her husband Paul had raised their family. 

So far, the only way to visit this quiet place is through a guided hike by Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation or Capital Region Land Conservancy. Hopefully soon, the county will have the dedicated funding which will allow for trail building and the park to be open to the public.  

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