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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.

 

Now Open
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)


Future Events
For More Information

February

February Bacon's Castle Valentines Day - see the
Diamond-Etched Love Poem
Window
The historic love poem written by Emmett Robinson to his wife Indianna Allen Henley Robinson, the last of the Allen decendents that lived at Bacon's Castle, has been restored and on display. (dated Sept. 1840)
Open
Feb 28 - May 30 Friday: 10am to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Sunday: 12 to 5pm

MarchFredrick Douglass Speaking Tour delivered by poet, author and spoken word performer, Nathan Richardson.
Thursday night, March 16, 2017, 7-9 p.m.
Hampton Roads Vineyard and Winery, Elberon, VA.
There are a limited number of Tickets available. Tickets must be purchased in advance, $10 per person. Tickets available at Surry Historical Society and from Mary Alma Savedge at Surry Supply.

April -Chippokes State Park, 18th Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 16, 2017, at 2pm., Jones-Stewart Mansion Tours. Cost is the $5 vehicle park entrance fee. The Easter Egg Hunt will start promptly at 2:00 p.m.; it is recommended that visitors wishing to participate in the hunt arrive by that time as eggs are limited.

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

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

May - Bacon's Castle - Historic Preservation Symposium -
For Information: 757-294-3728

Antique Appraisal and Vintage Sale - May 20, 2017 - 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (last items for appraisal will be accepted at 3:30 p.m.) Surry Recreation Center, 205 Enos Farm Drive, Spring Grove, Va. 23881 (GPS address) Sponsored by the Surry Historical Society
Appraisal costs for non Historical Society members:
$10.00 per item
$25.00 for 3 items
$40.00 for 5 items
Surry Historical Society members $7.00 per item.
Appraisers who will be present include: Vernon Creedmore, David Edwards, Marshall Goodman, Wallace Gusler, Jim Melfa, John Wood and others.

The Surry Farmers Market - Every Friday, from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm - May 6th *, 13th, 20th, 27th - located just across School St. from the Government Center

June - 27th Annual Chippokes State Park, Steam and Gas Engine Show- June 3 and 4. Admission is $5 per person; kids 12 and under get in free
For Information: 757-294-3625

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

The Surry Farmers Market - Every Friday, from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm - June 10th *, 17th *, 24th - located just across School St. from the Government Center

July - Independence Day Celebration July 3, 2016 04:00 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 Children's Festival begins at 4:00pm followed by fireworks at 9:00pm. Vendors will be on site providing popcorn, cotton candy, SnoCones and more. Live music. No charge. Please wear comfortable clothing, bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the Fireworks Display. Please call 757-294-3002 for more information.

The Surry Farmers Market - Every Friday, from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm - July 1st *, 8th, 15th *, 22nd, 29th - located just across School St. from the Government Center.

Chippokes State Park - Pork, Peanut, and Pine Festiva -July 15 & 16, 2017 - 10am-5pm - Admission is $5 per person; kids 10 and under get in free.
For Information: 757-294-3625
Pork, Peanut & Pine Festival

August -The Surry Farmers Market - Every Friday, from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm - August 5th, 12th, 19th *, 26th - located just across School St. from the Government Center.

September -
Nottoway Indian Powwow - September 17th & 18th -
Info: 757-294-3044).

CHIPPOKES PLANTATION 5K RUN - 24 SEPTEMBER 2016, 9:00 AM - (Register before September 19) Information; 757-294-3728

The Surry Farmers Market - Every Friday, from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm - September 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th - located just across School St. from the Government Center.

October - Chippokes Harvest Celebration - October 14th 2017, Celebrate the fall harvest at the oldest continually farmed plantation in the United States! Along with craft and food vendors, there will be activities and exhibits which will include hearth cooking, basket weaving, quilt weaving, sack races, corn hole, and farming demonstrations. A tram will run regularly throughout the day to transport visitors to the various stations and activities.
Information; 757-294-3728

The Surry Farmers Market - Every Friday, from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm - October 7th, 14th *, 21st, 28th * - located just across School St. from the Government Center.

Bacon's Castle - Haunted Event with CPRI October 8th: 8pm-11pm-22th: 8pm-11pm
For Information: 757-357-5976

November - Bacon's Castle - Guy Fawkes Day - November 5th: 10am-8pm
For Information: 757-357-5976
Market In The Park - Nov. 14th, Hours are from 9am-2pm; sponsored by the Surry SPCA in Oaks Park.
The Surry Farmers Market - Every Friday, from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm - November 18th * - located just across School St. from the Government Center.
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 10 - 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 Lights

Ferry Capt. John Smith Deckhouse Museum - Holiday Open House - Saturday, December 10, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visit the restored Deckhouse at 281 Bank St. in Surry. See exhibits and enjoy tours and refreshments. Prices 20% off on books and gifts. Capt. Jester may visit! For info: 757-869-3501. Sponsored by Surry County Historical Society & Museums, Inc.

Chippokes Open House - December 21 - 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 -

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Captain John Smith Ferry in 1925 New Surry Visitors Center