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Visit Surry County's latest addition to Virginia's WanderLOVE promotion.
Take the trail of the "Chipoax Road" in beautiful Chippokes Plantation State Park.

COVID-19 Economic Recovery
How you can help!

Two promotional campaigns in which you can participate.
Answer 8 questions and submit a photo to help promote Surry County.

UPDATE 7/29/20

Surry County Tourism wishes to thank our community and guests for their patience and understanding as we have navigated through the COVID-19 crises. While our state has lifted many restrictions, and most local businesses and attractions are now moving toward more "normal" operations it is important to remember that the mandate for face coverings and social distancing remains in place. We advise all our guests and local supporters to exercise care - for your own health and safety, as well as that of our community - as you shop, dine and explore in Surry County.

The Surry County Visitors Center remains closed to the public.

College Run Farm
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Visit College Run Farms online store for curbside pickup; picking by appointment
Drewery Farms Blueberries - CLOSED for the season
Cre8tive Works Cafe is open for prepared meals. Call (757) 503-3209 for daily menu/specials; located in the old drug store next to the Surry Post Office.
The Surry Seafood Company -is open with limited indoor and outdoor dining, take-out and curbside service available.
Chen's Asian Grill has reopened with outdoor seating and take-out offered.
Chippokes Plantation State Park -park, campground, Visitors Center, gift shop, playground, beach and trails are open with some restrictions, public restrooms open for guests, Farm and Forestry Museum is closed until further notice; please deposit $7 entrance fee per vehicle at the gate; please be mindful of social distancing recommendations while onsite; pool will remain closed for the season.
Bacon's Castle and Smith's Fort - are now open Fri-Mon for self-guided exterior tours and pre-scheduled interior tours.
Hampton Roads Winery - guests can enjoy a glass of wine or a slushie in the tasting room or on the grounds; corn hole games have resumed with some restrictions. Take the farm tour and enjoy some time with the goats.
Edwards Ham Shop (Surry) - is open for in-shop purchases, face masks are required and available in the shop for $1; curbside pickup available by request; limited in-shop sandwich menu.
Farmer Joe's Greenhouse and Florist - local home delivery and curbside service available upon request (please call ahead); vegetable plants and flowering plants; fresh produce also available for purchase
Bacon's Castle Supply, Inc. - fully cooked country ham slices, food flavorings, eggs, cheese, and whole country hams.
Johnson Brothers, Inc. - in-store and curbside service available
Anna's Pizza & Italian Restaurant -orders can be called in and picked up at the window during regular hours; call ahead for indoor dining.
The Colonial Trail Seafood Market -open with in-store service only
Farmers United -in-store and curbside service available
Just for Kicks Cupcakes & More LLC ..Janette Epps Johnson -open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, in-store and curbside service available upon request.
English Connection Nursery is open M-T-W from 3-7pm; Th-F-S-S from 10-7pm; gardening plants, perennials and landscaped gardens
Surry Equipment is open Mon-Sat for auto parts & service; tractor and lawnmower sales, parts & service; curbside parts pick-up available, sanitation of vehicles serviced, plexiglass barriers & staff PPE.
Nottoway Tribe of Virginia Powwow - "Due to the Covid-19 health crisis that is currently affecting our world, the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia Tribal Council has voted to cancel our 2020 Powwow. It is important that our community and guests stay healthy and safe. Thanks to everyone who regularly attends the annual Powwow. We look forward to welcoming you next year and to having an exciting and vibrant 2021 Powwow in Surry."

To our citizens and our guests - thank you for your continued support as we move forward!

Pat Bernshausen, DMO
Tourism Coordinator
Surry County, Virginia
(757) 294-0644

Important Announcement

After careful consideration of all the facts and the Governor's directives, Surry County has made the decision to temporarily close our Visitors Center. The ultimate goal, of course, is to keep our visitors and staff healthy, reduce the opportunity for contamination, and decrease the chances of exposure. For the well-being of all, we feel that this decision is the most responsible option.

Additionally, most of the tourism attractions in Surry County have reached similar conclusions, and have announced temporary closures and cancellation of indoor activities and programming. Ferry service to and from Surry via the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry is limited to hourly service, and guests are requested to remain in their vehicles.
Guests are advised to call ahead to businesses and attractions before making the trip to Surry. Additional information may be obtained from the Surry County Tourism Coordinator, Pat Bernshausen, by calling (757) 294-0644.

Thank you! Stay safe & stay well.



 

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.

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Captain John Smith Ferry in 1925 Explore another of Surry's Secrets on the Cipoax Road.