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“No longer able to view.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chinqua Penn Plantation

Chinqua Penn Plantation
2138 Wentworth Street, Reidsville, NC 27320
(336) 349-4576
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Reidsville
Type: Architectural Buildings, Castles, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Efland, North Carolina
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“No longer able to view.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2012

This place was great. But the owner went bankrupt and now you cannot go there, all of the contents were sold at auction.

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“Asian Art Extravaganza”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012

I liked all of the Asian art and the stonework of the house. The gardens are also nice, with many different places to explore, but they aren't exactly top quality. This is a unique place to visit and this fully furnished house is filled to the brim with amazing architectural features, antiques, and Asian art.

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Lexington, North Carolina
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“Loved visiting Chinqua Penn. A must see in the area.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

Loved touring Chinqua Penn. It's a lovely place, the property and the house. Lots of Asian inspiration. Do the wine tasting too.

Visited October 2011
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“Chinqua Penn Plantation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2011

We went with a small group to tour the mansion of the Penn family in Reidsville N.C. Our second trip. It was formerly own by the Univeristy system of the State of North Carolina. Unfortunately, the state could not maintain the property and had to sell it to a private owner. My family is local to the area and they have been telling me to see Chinqua Penn before it could close to the public and I am passing this recommendation to you.

The collection of antiques and artifacts within the mansion is outstanding. The Penns toured worldwide for many years and everywhere they went they purchased many items. They ended up storing all of it in their home and on the property. The mansion itself is of a unique design and is well worth the visit. The tour takes an hour and the staff will take you through all rooms but the basement.

The tour guide we had was excellent. When someone said, "What about that artifact?" Our guide knew everything about EVERYTHING. I was amazed. After the tour you are invited to join your group for wine tasting. The plantation has a vineyard and produces excellent wine. The only reason we cannot give the attraction five stars is the condition of the mansion. It is deteriating. It takes an ennormous amount of money to maintain the plantation and the state and now the private owner have not been able to provide the funds necessary. Even so, the property is amazing, do see it.

My local relatives are saying there is no gaurantee that the mansion will remain open to the public. So, I suggest that a trip to Chinqua Penn Plantation is something that you should do in the near future.

Visited November 2011
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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“A beautiful home you need to see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2011

It's not the Biltmore House but at less than half the price of the BH it's definately worth the price of admission and AAA members get a discount on top of that.

It's a beautiful electic Y shaped home filled with beautiful furnishings and art from around the world. As soon as you go thru the front door, you know you're going to see something special. You're greated at the door by the curator who will give you a tour of the inside of the home. It's amazing with so many furnishing to have such an exaclt knowledge of every piece in the home. There are no photos allowed inside but you are free to walk about and take as many photos at your leisure outside the home. No wonder it was chosen for the film Mandie and the Secret Tunnel.

You enter the property thru the gift show where you purchase your ticket and then you walk over the Koa Pond up the walk to the Home and the Curator meets you at the front door. Look to the right at the door knocker and carved stone work on the right side that his hidden by a bush. Moses in tile welcomes you at the wrong door. There are mixtures of elements from around the world (Egyptian lamp with an Indian lampshade). Once you get outside you can walk around the Dance Floor and Formal Garden and don't forget the titled benches down to the Windmill. The benches are tiled in the story of Don Quioxte. The original owners are buried on the property as well as their beloved 13 dogs.

You can also have a wine tasting for $5 in the wine room. They added a vineyard in 2007 but the wines are actually from 3 different local wineries.

The Pagoda and swimming pool was closed for maintence. The Koa pond and her gardens were in desperate need of help but overall it's a wonderful home.

I was there right before the end of the Egyptian and Afrian Art display. The next display coming in was a saddle display. They also have special days like the Great Gatsby Day and the Butler's room serves as the Bridal Room for brides getting married on the property.

It's definately a place that you can see alone and then again with visiting friends and family.

Visited August 2011
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