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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.
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,
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
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.
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
"The Old Clerks Office" - circa 1825
(In front of the Old Courthouse)
- September 21st & 22nd
- Nottoway Indian Tribe of VA, Inc. Annual Pow Wow. (Surry
Parks & Recreation Center, 205 Enos Farm Drive - located
one mile south of Surry on Route 10) Indigenous peoples
of Surry County and surrounding areas will present Native
Dance, Drumming, Food, Arts, Crafts, Jewelry. Bring blankets/
lawn chairs for a beautiful day of outdoors, cultural, family
fun and activities! No pets or alcohol. Grand
Entry at 12 noon Saturday and 1 pm Sunday
Flyer with Info.
National Public Lands
September 28, 2019. 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Chippokes Plantation State Park
National Public Lands Day is a nationwide
event that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to parks
in order to get them involved in natural resource conservation.
(see September on Events Page)
There is free parking/admission 695
Chippokes Park Rd., Surry, VA 23883. Visitor Center
September 28th -
African-American History at Bacons Castle
Visit the newly preserved and interpreted slave quarter
at Bacons Castle. Talk with Peighton Young, genealogist
and African American historian and Valarie Davis, interpreting
the enslaved experience at Bacons Castle just after
the Nat Turner Rebellion in 1831. General Admission
Surry Farmers Market - Held
every Friday night, (Sept.
6, 13, 20, 27) from 5:00
pm-8:00 pm at 45 School Street, Surry, VA 23883. The Surry
Farmers Market features prepared foods and activities for
the children, produce, meat, baked goods, plants, garden
crafts and much, much more.
October - Chippokes
Plantation 400th Anniversary Commemoration Event -Oct.
6 at 2:00 pm - Chippokes Plantation
is celebrating 400 years of continuous farming. Join us
as we welcome guest speakers to honor the diverse cultures
of those who have contributed to the legacy of Chippokes
Plantation. Light refreshments will be provided by the
Friends of Chippokes.
Chippokes Harvest Celebration - October
19, 2019. 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Chippokes
Plantation State Park, 695 Chippokes Park Rd.,
Surry, VA 23883. Jones-Stewart Mansion Grounds / Historic
Area of the Park.
Celebrate the fall harvest at one of the oldest continually
farmed plantations in the United States. Along with craft
and food vendors and live bluegrass music, there will
be activities and exhibits which will include hearth cooking,
basket weaving, spinning, sack races, corn hole, and antique
farming equipment demonstrations. There is no fee for
the event, but park entrance fees apply at $7 per vehicle
and donations will be accepted for all activities.
Go to http://www.chippokes.com
for more information or call the park office at 757-294-3625.
Bacon's Castle - Archaeology Day October
12th Bring family and friends to participate in hands-on
archaeology and artifact cleaning with Archaeologist and
PhD student, Rebekah Planto. General Admission.
Historic Haunt Night October 12th and October
26th Guided evening tours led by paranormal investigators
from the Center for Paranormal Research and Investigation.
Behind-the-Scenes Historic Haunt Night Experience
Includes VIP tour checking out the equipmmethods used
by CPRI and the first Haunt Night tour of the evening.
For Information: 757-357-5976
Surry Farmers Market - Held every Friday
night, from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm at 45 School Street, Surry,
VA 23883. The Surry Farmers Market features prepared foods
and activities for the children, produce, meat, baked goods,
plants, garden crafts and much, much more.
October 26, 2019. 6:00
p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Youth Costume Contest, Dog Costume
Contest, Trick-or-Treating & Campsite Decorating
- Chippokes Plantation State
Park, 695 Chippokes Park Rd., Surry, VA 23883. Campground
Amphitheater, Loop A, and Loop B.
On this spook-tacular day, youth up to 12 years of age are
invited to dress up in their favorite Halloween costume
and gather together. Phone: 757-294-3728