the Winners of the "Six Weeks of Summer Outdoor
Visit Surry County's latest addition to Virginia's WanderLOVE
Take the trail of the "Chipoax
Road" in beautiful Chippokes Plantation State Park.
Checkout the itinerary
for the WanderLOVE
Salty Southern Route
How you can help!
Two promotional campaigns
in which you can participate.
Answer 8 questions and submit a photo to help promote 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
College Run Farm -CLOSED for the season
Farms Blueberries - CLOSED for the season
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.
Surry Seafood Company -is open with limited
indoor and outdoor dining, take-out and curbside service
Asian Grill has reopened with outdoor seating and
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.
Castle and Smith's
Fort - are now open Fri-Mon for self-guided exterior
tours and pre-scheduled interior tours.
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.
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
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
Castle Supply, Inc. - fully cooked country ham slices,
food flavorings, eggs, cheese, and whole country hams.
Brothers, Inc. - in-store and curbside service available
Pizza & Italian Restaurant -orders can be called
in and picked up at the window during regular hours; call
ahead for indoor dining.
Colonial Trail Seafood Market -open with in-store
United -in-store and curbside service available
for Kicks Cupcakes & More LLC ..Janette Epps Johnson
-open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, in-store and curbside
service available upon request.
Connection Nursery is open M-T-W from 3-7pm; Th-F-S-S
from 10-7pm; gardening plants, perennials and landscaped
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.
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
Surry County, Virginia
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Surry County Tourism |
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...
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.