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UPDATE 6/26/20

Although COVID-19 is still a concern for our citizens and our guests, local businesses and tourism attractions are taking steps to return to normal business while being mindful of health recommendations and safety protocols.
Please keep social distancing measures in mind at all of our businesses and tourism attractions, and be mindful that the Governor of Virginia, The Honorable Ralph Northam, has mandated the use of face coverings inside businesses and public buildings in Executive Order 63, issued on May 26, 2020
Here are some of the activities that you can safely experience while in Surry:

Chippokes Plantation State Park - park, campground, 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.
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. Spend a few minutes in the attached art gallery while you're there - an extra special treat!
The Surry Seafood Company -is open with limited indoor and outdoor dining, take-out and curbside service available.
Bacon's Castle and Smith's Fort - are now open Fri-Mon for self-guided exterior tours. Staff are onsite to assist. Cost: $5/person or $10/per vehicle. Please be mindful of social distancing recommendations.
Hampton Roads Winery - guests can now enjoy a glass of wine or a slushie in the tasting room or on the grounds; staff are still providing "old-fashioned car-hop service for those who may prefer, corn hole games resume this weekend with some restrictions. Take the farm tour and enjoy some time with the goats. Call ahead, order curbside, or order online
Edwards Ham Shop (Surry) - is now open for in-shop purchases, face masks are required and available in the shop for $1, maximum 5 customers in the shop at any time; curb-side pick-up still available; limited sandwich menu.
College Run Farm - it's blueberry season! Access their online store to purchase berries, other seasonal produce (as available) and, of course, their famous homemade ice cream. Order online and pick up at the farm store.
Drewery Farms Blueberries -
expect to open soon for "pick your own" experience. Follow them on facebook for more up to the minute information.
Farmer Joe's Greenhouse and Florist - - local home delivery and curbside service available (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; please be mindful of social distancing recommendations.
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.
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 Saturdays and Sundays, call ahead - in-store and curbside service available
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

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

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