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Welcome to the...
Surry Side!

Beginning in 1607, Jamestown settlers affectionately called the opposite shore of the James River the "Surrey Side" to honor their homeland.

The Jamestown colony was perceived as a miniature London, because it lay on both sides of the James River as London lies on the Thames. The section of London south of the Thames is in the shire of Surrey, so settlements on the south side of the James River were referenced as "over on the Surrey side". The name "Surry" was retained when the county was chartered in 1652.

Indigenous Native American tribes under the Powhatan Confederation occupied this area. They regarded it as sacred tribal land, and grudgingly gave way as the Jamestown colonists settled here and began what we know as English North America.

 



Prior to the Civil War, Surry County
had the largest population of freemen in the country. Today, many of these same families can trace their heritage to the Jamestown era of the 1600s and ancestors who were never slaves. Land and cemeteries are still owned by descendants of the original families.
For more information, contact the
African-American Heritage Society
757-294-5152.



Civil War History - The Confederacy considered Surry County's riverfront the most defensible section of the James River and fortified Jamestown Island and Swann's Point. The Union found Surry to be an integral part of their communications between Fortress Monroe in Hampton, VA, and City Point, outside Petersburg. An underwater telegraph cable was laid from Jamestown to Swann's Point and continued to City Point by land.

Virginia Is For Lovers

 

Surry County
Visitors Center
Monday - Saturday
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
(Closed from 12 - 1:00)

Sundays 1:00 - 5:00
267 Church Street
Surry, VA 23883

Located in
"The Old Clerk’s Office" - circa 1825

(In front of the Old Courthouse)


NEWS About
Surry Seafood
Restaurant
Future Events
For More Information

September 2018 Fun Hunt May 5 2018 Fun Hunt May 5

The Surry Farmers Market - Every Friday (September 21, 28) from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm - just across School St. from the Government Center

Chippokes 5K Race for Sept. 22 - CANCELLED

Bacon's Castle - Sept. 22 - Smithsonian Museum Day 10:00 am - 5:00 pm - Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket.

October - Chippokes Harvest Celebration - Celebrate the harvest at one of the oldest, continually-farmed plantations in the nation on Saturday, October 20, 2018, from 10 am to 4:30 pm. Chippokes' Fourth Annual Harvest Festival features music and family activities such as building a scarecrow, painting a pumpkin, creating a corn cob doll, playing corn hole, and going on a hay ride. Shop the craft and food vendors for a wide variety of selections. See antique harvest equipment in operation and watch costumed interpreters cook on the hearth in the 1850s Brick Kitchen. Watch demonstrations of basket weaving, spinning thread, and caning chairs. Tours of the antebellum Jones-Stewart Mansion and the Farm and Forestry Museum are included. Rain or shine.

Cost is the $5 vehicle park entrance fee.

The Surry Farmers Market - Every Friday (October 5, 12, 19, 26) from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm - just across School St. from the Government Center

Bacon's Castle - Oct. 13 & 27 - Historic Haunt Night 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm - Many stories and accounts have been recorded at paranormal events at Bacon's Castle. Some accounts as recently as last year!
For Information: 757-357-5976

November - Bacon's Castle - Guy Fawkes Day - November 5th: 10am-8pm
For Information: 757-357-5976
Veterans Appreciation Day at Surry Community Center - Nov. 8th (11am-4pm) sponsored by American Legion Post 160
US Flag Retirement Ceremony - Nov. 11th - at Chippokes Park Campground (11am) sponsored by American Legion Post 160

December - Bacon's Castle - Castle Christmas -Dec 9 - 10am to 5 pm
For Information: 757-357-5976

Surry County - "A Visit with Santa" - December 10 - 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm - Children of all ages can visit with Santa.

  • 3:00pm-Christmas Pasrade in the Town of Surry.
  • 4:00pm - Community Social on the Government Center Grounds
  • 5:00pm - Grand Illunination of Light

Open House - Surry County Historical Society Museums, Inc. - Monday, December 11, 2017 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
281 Bank Street, Surry, Va.
Public is Invited. The Capt. John Smith deck house will be open for tours.
(More Information:
Mary H. Padgett - 804-691-0166)

Chippokes Open House
3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. See the mansion in all its Christmas Splendor.

January - Chippokes State Park - Jan. 1 - Jones-Stewart Mansion Tours. 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm. - January 24 - River House Tour.
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm.
For Information: 757-294-3625

FebruaryBacon's Castle Valentines Day -
For Information: 757-357-5976

Chippokes Plantation State Park Open House & Schedule
Schedule
Information 757-294-372

MarchHampton Roads Vineyard and Winery, Elberon, VA.
More About the Winery

April -Chippokes Plantation Mansion - Friends of Chippokes 17th Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 1st, 2018, at 2pm. Rain or Shine. Meet at the Jones-Stewart Mansion Parking Lot. Children aged 10 and under. Bring your own basket. Along with the hunt, there will be an appearance of the Easter Bunny; also children's activities and light refreshments. For Information: 757-294-3625

Smith's Fort Plantation. Open to the public for tours -
For Information: 757-294-3872

Bacon's Castle.
For Information: 757-357-5976

May - Fun Hunt - May 5 - 10:30am - 2:00 pm - Sponsored by the Surry County Chamber of Commerce. Tickets:$10/person (In Advance) Teams of 2-4 It's a Scavenger Hunt with Prizes and much more! (download the flyer)

The Surry Farmers Market - Every Saturday fron 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (May 6, 13, 20, 27) at the Historic Courthouse and Every third Friday (May 19), from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm - just across School St. from the Government Center.

Bacon's Castle - May 4 - Preservation Month Special Tours & Activities - 10:00pm to 5:00pm
May 13 - Moms Visit Free on Mother's Day - 12:00pm to 5:00pm
For Information: 757-357-5976

June - 28th Annual Chippokes State Park, Steam and Gas Engine Show- June 2 and 3.

Admission is $5 per car.
(See Events Page for more)
For Information: 757-294-3625

Bacon's Castle. Virginia Indian Symposium -
For Information: 757-357-5976

The Surry Farmers Market - Every Friday (June 1, 8, 15,22, 29) from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm - just across School St. from the Government Center

July - Independence Day Celebration July 3, 2018 03:00 PM - 10:00 PM
205 Enos Farm Drive, Surry, VA, 23883 Sponsored by Surry Parks and Recreation Dept.
- A family celebration full of fun! The event features live entertainment, craft and food vendors, bounce houses, softball tournament, 3 on 3 basketball tournaments and more fun for the entire community! No charge. Please wear comfortable clothing, bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the Fireworks Display. Please call 757-294-3044 for more information.

Chippokes State Park -Pork, Peanut & Pine Festival -July 21, 10am - 7 pm & July 22, 12 pm - 5pm - Admission is $5 per person, $10 entry for 2 or more, kids 10 and under get in free.
For Information: 757-294-3625

The Surry Farmers Market - Every Friday (July 6, 13, 20, 27) from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm - just across School St. from the Government Center

August -The Surry Farmers Market - Every Friday (August 3, 10, 17,24, 31) from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm - just across School St. from the Government Center

September -
Nottoway Indian Powwow - September 16th & 17th -
Info: 757-294-3044).

CHIPPOKES PLANTATION 5K RUN - Cancelled - 22 SEPTEMBER 2018, 9:00 AM - (Register before September 19) Information; 757-294-3728

The Surry Farmers Market - Every Friday (September 7, 14, 21, 28) from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm - just across School St. from the Government Center

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Captain John Smith Ferry in 1925 New Surry Visitors Center