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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.


Future Events
For More Information

Market In The Park

Market In The Park - 8/9/14, Hours are from 9am-2pm; sponsored by the Surry SPCA in Oaks Park.

Bacon's Castle - 17th-century Gardening Program
For Information: 757-357-5976

September -
Nottoway Indian Powwow

September 20 & 21
10:00 am - 5:00 pm both days
Surry Parks and Recreation
Surry Community Center
Info: 757-294-3044

Bacon's Castle - (Early 19th Century Duel Reenactment)
Sept 20 2013 at 11:30AM - 3:00PM (daytime only - limited overnight camping) -
For Information: 757-357-5976

Haunted Bacon's Castle

October 26 - Night Tours -
For Information:

November - Bacon's Castle
Guy Fawkes / Bonfire Night

(historical English event)
For Information: 757-357-5976

December - Surry County Christmas Parade - Second Saturday of December.
For information: 757-294-3002
(see photos from 2012)

Grand Illumination Evening Tour Bacon’s Castle
For Information: 757-357-5976


FebruaryBlack History Month Program - Slave Dwelling
Bacon’s Castle
For Information: 757-357-5976

Valentines Day
Mother/Daughter Tea
Bacon’s Castle
For Information: 757-357-5976

MarchThe 17th C. Furniture Symposium - March 29
Bacon’s Castle & Smith's Fort
For Information: 757-357-5976

April - Historic Garden Week Chippokes Plantation Mansion
For Information: 757-294-3728

The 400th Wedding Anniversary of Pocahontas - April 5 at Smith's Fort -
For Information: 757-294-3872

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

Bacon’s Castle
Open for tours
1760s Cricket Match
For Information: 757-357-5976

Chanco on The James Open House and Camp Schedule

MayHistoric Architecture Presentation
Bacon’s Castle.
For Information: 757-357-5976

Market In The Park - 5/10/14, Hours are from 9am-2pm; sponsored by the Surry SPCA in Oaks Park.

24th Annual Chippokes Steam & Gas Engine Show
05/31/2014 To 06/01/2014
9:00 a.m. To 5:00 p.m.
Sawmill Grounds at Chippoke

JuneNat Turner Rebellion Program
Bacon’s Castle
For Information: 757-357-5976

JulyIndependence Day Celebration
Surry Parks and Recreation Dept.
For Information: 757-267-2978

Domestic Material Culture Presentation
Bacon’s Castle
For Information: 757-357-5976

Pork, Peanut & Pine Festival Chippokes State Park
For Information: 757-294-3728

Steam & Gas Engine Show Chippokes State Park
For Information: 757-294-3728

17th-century Gardening Program
Bacon’s Castle
For Information: 757-357-5976

August - Surry County African-American Heritage Festival & Family Reunion Weekend
(This event has been cancelled)
For Information: 757-267-2978

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