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Anvil Campground at 70: A Legacy of Family, Innovation, and Excellence

Anvil Campground, a family-owned business in Williamsburg, Virginia, has thrived for 70 years through continuous innovation and dedication to excellence. Under the stewardship of Chris Jump, who took over in 2005, the four-generation campground has transformed from traditional beginnings into a model of modern outdoor hospitality. 

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Anvil Campground is not just a business but a family legacy deeply rooted in Williamsburg’s history. The campground’s symbol, the anvil, reflects this heritage, originating from their great-grandfather and grandfather’s work on the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg from 1929 to 1935. They crafted the original wrought iron work, including tools, locks, hinges, shutter dogs, and gates.

The family takes great pride in their historical ties to Colonial Williamsburg. To honor this legacy, they have a blacksmith display in their general store featuring items made by their ancestors for the historic site.

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Additionally, they possess their original anvil, dating back to the 1920s. This anvil, made in Falun, Sweden, by Soderfors Bruks Akkticbolag, is renowned worldwide for its “Soderfors Anvils”.

As the campground marks its 70th anniversary, Jump reflects on the evolution, challenges, and triumphs that have shaped Anvil into what it is today.

The Anvil evolution

“Our evolution started inside out,” the award-winning park’s owner emphasized.

Anvil Campground was founded by Jump’s family and has been a part of his life since childhood. 

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“I grew up at Anvil, and Anvil itself has been in my family for 70 years,” Jump told Modern Campground, detailing his deep roots in the campground’s day-to-day life from a young age in an exclusive interview. 

Since taking over, he has initiated significant upgrades, turning a once-traditional campground into a model of modern outdoor hospitality.

One of Jump’s first priorities was to modernize the campground by embracing technology. He transitioned Anvil Campground’s reservation system from a paper-based “book” to a digital platform, streamlining operations and enhancing the guest experience. Additionally, he implemented online booking and payment options, making it easier for campers to plan their stays.

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“We were using something they called ‘The Book,’ it was a big book, and every day had sites one through 60 written down in somebody’s name. So if somebody was booking June 1st to the 3rd, you’d have to put their name on the June 1st day, flip the page to June 2nd, put their name on that site there, and flip it,” Jump explained.

At just 23 years old, Jump took charge of Anvil who was facing significant financial challenges. Despite these difficulties, he pushed through.

Always Thinking Ahead

Anvil Campground’s evolution is marked by strategic foresight in infrastructure development

Jump said that after a couple of years since he took over, they had accumulated enough funds to start addressing the external infrastructure, which required significant investments and labor. They undertook extensive renovations of the electrical systems, ensuring that all utility upgrades were executed using top-tier techniques and materials, such as copper wire instead of aluminum. 

He explained that instead of looping the electric connections from one campsite to the next, which is a common practice, they opted for individual connections for each site to ensure higher quality and reliability.

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“We renovated all the electric and what we did is we made sure all the utility renovations were done in the best way possible, like using the best techniques,” Jump detailed. This forward-thinking approach not only solved immediate problems but also set the stage for long-term sustainability.

Jump highlighted that the plan was always to enhance the facility to the highest possible standard to minimize daily maintenance issues.

“The whole plan was always to make the facility as nice as humanly possible so there’ll be less issues—less daily issues—for us to have to fix. We want to stay ahead of all the issues that may occur and if we do that, we can have a better quality of life going forward. And it took quite a long time, but now we’re sitting 19 years later.”

Despite its size, Anvil Campground offers a range of top-tier amenities. These include an 85-degree heated swimming pool, a large sand-filled playground, and a free game room, all designed to enhance the guest experience and ensure a memorable stay.

Making People Happy

Jump’s philosophy centers on happiness for staff and the Anvil VIPs. 

“My favorite moments, just at any point in my life, is just making our guests happy or my staff happy. And it could be just walking by or saying hi or talking or walking around. I just enjoy being around happy people,” he said. “And even so, if the work that we’ve done or any aspect of our park or something my staff did made a guest happy, those are my favorite moments. And those are the moments that [define] why I like doing what I’m doing,” he added.

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Anvil’s 70th Anniversary

While specific plans for the 70th-anniversary celebration are still underway, Jump promised a tribute reminiscent of past family cookouts, “We’re going to do something, and it’s going to be [the] longest tribute to the old Friday night cookouts that we used to do,” he said, highlighting the blend of tradition and community that defines Anvil.

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Recognition from industry bodies has affirmed Anvil’s excellence, with awards such as “Small Park of the Year” from OHI (formerly National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds) in 2018, “Small Business of the Year” by the Greater Williamsburg​ Chamber & Tourism Alliance in 2019, another “Small Park of the Year” in 2022, and Campspot’s Top RV Campground for 2024.

“It just really felt unbelievable, and it just made us feel more confident and just better about everything,” Jump noted on the significance of these awards.

What Lies Ahead

Looking ahead, Jump plans substantial upgrades including transitioning to city sewer systems and adding more cabins. “It’s going to be a multiple-year project, but that’s where mostly the renovation investment is going to go,” he explained, outlining the roadmap for Anvil’s future enhancements.

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When asked about advice for new campground owners, the award-winning park’s owner said to actively seek knowledge and inspiration from successful operations. 

“Seek information, seek out campgrounds that you admire, you know. See what they’re doing, see how it could work for you.”

He continued, “Join your state association, your national association, all the other associations or Facebook groups, but you have to ask the question. You have to ask any question you have. The worst they could say is no, or nobody answers it. And if they don’t answer, go ask somebody else. You have to be very persistent,” Jump advised, underscoring the importance of continuous learning and adaptation in the competitive campground industry.

He also noted the importance of staying ahead by continuously seeking knowledge, attending expos and trade shows, and leveraging online resources to learn from the best campgrounds. He encouraged finding mentors and seeking advice to adapt successful strategies, emphasizing that this proactive approach helps maintain momentum and prepares for potential downturns.

Through decades of careful management and a commitment to quality, Anvil Campground stands as a prime example of how innovation, community engagement, and a forward-looking approach can drive success in the outdoor hospitality industry. Chris Jump’s leadership not only honors his family’s legacy but also sets new standards for what a campground can achieve.

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KyleDusk
KyleDusk
May 23, 2024 3:58 pm

Let’s explore Anvil Campground’s awesome journey! Jump’s additions of themed events and eco-friendly initiatives give guests unforgettable experiences. It’s like stepping into a storybook with fun activities for all ages. The commitment to nature’s beauty makes it a magical place.

StanleyPulse
StanleyPulse
May 23, 2024 4:44 pm
Reply to  KyleDusk

Thanks for highlighting the campground’s beauty and unique experiences. Have you ever tried their stargazing events under the night sky?

SunGemX1237
SunGemX1237
May 23, 2024 4:18 pm

I just heard the most exciting news about Anvil Campground’s 70th anniversary bash! They’re planning special events, live tunes, and hands-on workshops to delve into Williamsburg’s history. Plus, they’re going green with solar power and recycling. How cool is that for nature lovers like us?

OhMyAmazement-53
OhMyAmazement-53
May 23, 2024 5:04 pm

Have you heard about Anvil Campground’s cool upgrades and eco-friendly programs? They really care about sustainability and community vibes! I love how they put effort into making the place awesome for everyone. It’s a great spot for campers to relax and have fun.

Sandra Thomas
Sandra Thomas
May 23, 2024 6:26 pm

Ever thought about the smart moves Jump made to boost Anvil Campground? It’s intriguing to explore the tale behind its success and why it’s stood the test of time with top-notch standards.

JazzyGem1231
JazzyGem1231
May 23, 2024 7:49 pm

I was really impressed by Anvil Campground’s focus on customer satisfaction and eco-friendly initiatives. The personalized services and green practices show a genuine commitment to creating a welcoming and sustainable environment for all visitors. What are your thoughts on their approach?

Tessa Brook
Tessa Brook
May 24, 2024 2:51 am

Let’s jazz up this cool tale! Anvil Campground isn’t just a spot for nature buffs. it’s the place for epic themed events and community vibes. Jump’s eco-love shines through with recycling and nature projects, making Anvil a green paradise. It’s not just a stay. it’s a sustainable gem!

steph_stars
steph_stars
May 24, 2024 11:13 am
Reply to  Tessa Brook

What a fantastic viewpoint you’ve brought up. Building on that, let’s add in some modern activities and technology integration to elevate the thriving legacy even more. The future is bright for connecting generations at this remarkable place. Let’s keep the innovations going!

jazzJenna
jazzJenna
May 24, 2024 5:11 am

Did you know that Anvil Campground’s story is about more than just camping? Their dedication to sustainability, like recycling programs and energy-efficient practices, shows a real commitment to preserving nature. Plus, Jump’s leadership brings everyone together for awesome community events that create unforgettable memories. Cool, right?

alex_the_great
alex_the_great
May 24, 2024 5:33 am

When you explore the evolution of Anvil Campground, you’ll uncover a world of fun activities like hiking and kayaking, creating the ideal mix of nature and excitement for everyone. Their green efforts, like off-grid camping and recycling, reveal a strong commitment to preserving nature for future generations to relish.

IronAlloy131
IronAlloy131
May 24, 2024 3:41 pm
Reply to  alex_the_great

You’ve nailed it! Hiking and kayaking are awesome activities at Anvil Campground. I love how they’re all about nature and keeping it green. Way to go! Can’t wait to experience it all. The commitment to the environment is truly commendable.

Headlines1236
Headlines1236
May 24, 2024 12:11 pm

Can you believe all the cool stuff happening at Anvil Campground? Luxury glamping tents, eco-friendly vibes – it’s like a dream come true for nature lovers!

TanyaMuse
TanyaMuse
May 24, 2024 1:20 pm

How cool is it that Anvil Campground is celebrating 70 years of family stories and innovation? I love how they blend tradition with tech upgrades for a top-notch outdoor experience. Plus, their commitment to sustainability is a game-changer. Can’t wait to see what’s next for them!

RachelOrbit
RachelOrbit
May 24, 2024 3:26 pm

Isn’t it wild? Anvil Campground has some exciting news to share! Jump’s transforming it into a tech-savvy, eco-friendly haven. The dude’s got it all – revamped tech, green initiatives, and a knack for innovation. Talk about a legacy that’s living up to the hype!

KimberlyDawn
KimberlyDawn
May 24, 2024 4:50 pm

Jump’s energy and ideas didn’t stop at tech upgrades. he spiced things up with themed events, creating unforgettable experiences. Plus, his eco-friendly passion makes this place a real gem for green campers. Such a cool spot, right?

PiperGlint
PiperGlint
May 24, 2024 6:31 pm

Isn’t it cool how Anvil Campground blends tradition with modern upgrades? Jump’s dedication and tech advancements really shine, making online bookings a breeze. Their eco-efforts and new activities show a genuine commitment to guests. Anvil’s story is all about family, innovation, and giving campers an awesome time!

DerekSun
DerekSun
May 24, 2024 7:23 pm

Isn’t it intriguing to discover the intertwining of nature and coziness at Anvil Campground in Williamsburg, VA? The history behind the iconic anvil adds a special touch to the whole experience.

luckyman3696
luckyman3696
May 24, 2024 9:57 pm

Isn’t it amazing how Anvil Campground blends old charm with new flair? Picture-perfect in Williamsburg, it’s a haven for nature lovers and history buffs alike. Ready for a unique camping adventure?

Charles Evans
Charles Evans
May 25, 2024 6:34 am

Did you know that Anvil Campground’s success stems from its family dedication and innovative upgrades? Their commitment to sustainability and community makes it a top-notch spot for all visitors.

JuliaEve
JuliaEve
May 25, 2024 7:15 am

Let’s jazz up Anvil Campground’s 70-year journey! They’ve gone green with solar lighting, making it eco-cool. Themed events and workshops add a fun vibe to this awesome spot!

CarlaHaze
CarlaHaze
May 25, 2024 7:44 am

Guess what? Anvil Campground’s 70-year journey is all about resilience and innovation! They’ve upped their game with top-notch facilities and awesome activities, making every visit unforgettable for us guests.

MelodyChant_2x2
MelodyChant_2x2
May 25, 2024 9:30 am

Have you heard about Anvil Campground? They go all out to honor their ties to Colonial Williamsburg, offering cool guided tours and showing off their eco-friendly side with solar power and recycling. It’s a top pick for nature lovers who want a camping experience with heart and history!

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