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Anvil Campground marks 65 years as a family-owned Williamsburg business

Anvil Campground marks 65 years as a family-owned Williamsburg business

Before Busch Gardens, Water Country USA and countless other Williamsburg businesses and attractions first opened their doors, there was Anvil Campground.

In 1953, original owner Ralph Raymon Jump bought a soybean farm, where he lived in a small cinder block house with his wife and son, Jerry. As the story goes, a traveller approached the Jump family in the spring or summer of 1954 asking if he could park his camper overnight on their property.

“Ralph not only said yes, he also plugged an extension cord into a socket in his home and passed the cord out the window to the man, thus providing an electric hook-up for the first of countless campers to come,” said Patricia Jump, wife...

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