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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.

 

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)


Visitors Center

NEWS About
Surry Seafood
Restaurant
Future Events
For More Information

September


Nottoway Indian Powwow - 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
Download Flyer with Info.

Info: 757-294-3044).

National Public Lands Day -
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
Phone: 757-294-3728

Chippokes@dcr.virginia.gov

September 28th - African-American History at Bacon’s Castle –
Visit the newly preserved and interpreted slave quarter at Bacon’s Castle. Talk with Peighton Young, genealogist and African American historian and Valarie Davis, interpreting the enslaved experience at Bacon’s Castle just after the Nat Turner Rebellion in 1831. General Admission

The 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.
Chippokes@dcr.virginia.gov

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. Tickets required
Behind-the-Scenes Historic Haunt Night Experience – October 26th
Includes VIP tour checking out the equipmmethods used by CPRI and the first Haunt Night tour of the evening. Tickets required
For Information: 757-357-5976

The 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
Chippokes@dcr.virginia.gov

 

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Captain John Smith Ferry in 1925 New Surry Visitors Center