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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.

 

Now Open
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)


Future Events
For More Information

April

Historic Garden Week - Chippokes Plantation Mansion, Jones-Stewart Mansion Tours - Starting April 3 open Friday-Monday 1:00pm-4:15pm through November
Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24 - Hearth Cooking. Brick Kitchen. 10 am to 4 pm.

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

Bacon's Castle. April 18th-25th: 10am-5pm (12pm-5pm on the 19th)
For Information: 757-357-5976

May - Bacon's Castle - Historic Preservation Symposium - May 30th: 10am-2pm -
For Information: 757-294-3728

The Surry Farmers Market - Every Friday, from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm - May 6th *, 13th, 20th, 27th - located just across School St. from the Government Center

Market In The Park - 5/9/15, Hours are from 9am-2pm; sponsored by the Surry SPCA in Oaks Park.

June -Chippokes Plantation State Park - Steam and Gas Engine Show - June 4 and 5 - 9am-5pm - Sawmill Grounds
For Information: 757-294-3625

Juneteenth at the Surry County African-American Heritage Society's Fish Fry Fundraising Event - June 13th at the Community Center (Parks & Recreation) from 1-5pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 per person. Call 294-3044 for more information.

Bacon's Castle. Virginia Indian Symposium - June 20th: 10am-2pm
For Information: 757-357-5976

Market In The Park - 6/13/15, Hours are from 9am-2pm; sponsored by the Surry SPCA in Oaks Park

The Surry Farmers Market - Every Friday, from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm - June 10th *, 17th *, 24th - located just across School St. from the Government Center

July - Surry Parks and Recreation Dept. Independence Day Celebration - Sunday, July 5, 2015 - A family celebration full of fun! The Children's Festival begins at 4:00pm followed by fireworks at 9:00pm. Vendors will be on site providing popcorn, cotton candy, SnoCones and more. Live music. No charge. Please wear comfortable clothing, bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the 31st Annual Entertainment & Fireworks Display. Held at the Surry County Department of Parks & Recreation, 205 Enos Farm Drive, just off Virginia Route 10. Please call 757-294-3002 for more information.

Market In The Park - 7/11/15, Hours are from 9am-2pm; sponsored by the Surry SPCA in Oaks Park.

The Surry Farmers Market - Every Friday, from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm - July 1st *, 8th, 15th *, 22nd, 29th - located just across School St. from the Government Center.

Chippokes State Park - Pork, Peanut, and Pine Festiva -July 16 & 17, 2016 - 10am-5pm -
For Information: 757-294-3625
Pork, Peanut & Pine Festival

August - Bacon's Castle - Tobacco Harvest Symposium - August 15th: 10am-2pm -
For Information: 757-357-5976

Market In The Park - 8/8/15, Hours are from 9am-2pm; sponsored by the Surry SPCA in Oaks Park.

The Surry Farmers Market - Every Friday, from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm - August 5th, 12th, 19th *, 26th - located just across School St. from the Government Center.

Celebration of the 125th Anniversary of Pools Funeral Home
August 23 at 2:30 pm
Surry Parks and Recreation
For Information: 757-294-383

September -
Nottoway Indian Powwow - September 19th & 20th -
Info: 757-294-3044).

Market In The Park - 9/12/15, Hours are from 9am-2pm; sponsored by the Surry SPCA in Oaks Park.

The Surry Farmers Market - Every Friday, from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm - September 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th - located just across School St. from the Government Center.

Bacon's Castle - African American Heritage Symposium - September 19th: 10am-2pm
For Information: 757-357-5976
Bacon's Castle - Haunted Event with CPRI September 12th, 26th,
For Information: 757-357-597

October - Market In The Park - 10/10/15, Hours are from 9am-2pm; sponsored by the Surry SPCA in Oaks Park.

The Surry Farmers Market - Every Friday, from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm - October 7th, 14th *, 21st, 28th * - located just across School St. from the Government Center.

Chippokes Harvest Celebration - October 15 from 11 am to 6 pm. Celebrate the fall harvest at the oldest continually farmed plantation in the United States See Events Page for more details.

Bacon's Castle - Haunted Event with CPRI- Oct 10th, Oct 24th: 8pm-11am

Bacon's Castle - Bacon's Rebellion Re-enactment October 17th: 10am-5pm-18th: 12pm-5pm
For Information: 757-357-5976

November - Bacon's Castle - Guy Fawkes Day - November 7th: 10am-8pm
For Information: 757-357-5976
Chippokes Harvest Celebration - Nov. 18th - 19th at Chippokes Plantation State Park (11am-7pm "rain or shine")
For Information: 757-294-3625
Market In The Park - Nov. 14th, Hours are from 9am-2pm; sponsored by the Surry SPCA in Oaks Park.
The Surry Farmers Market - Every Friday, from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm - November 18th * - located just across School St. from the Government Center.
Veterans Appreciation Day at Surry Community Center - Nov. 8th (11am-4pm) sponsored by American Legion Post 160
US Flag Retirement Ceremony - Nov. 11th - at Chippokes Park Campground (11am) sponsored by American Legion Post 160

December - Bacon's Castle - Castle Christmas - December 5th: 10am-5pm
For Information: 757-357-5976

Surry County - "A Visit with Santa" - Dec. 5th - 11:00 am until 2:00 pm - Children of all ages can visit with Santa (12:00 until 1:00) - photographs will be available for purchase.

  • Light Refreshments
  • Food and Craft Vendors
  • Games and Prizes
  • Bounce House for Children
  • Face Painting
  • Holiday Music
    For a flyer, click here.

- Sponsored by Surry County Parks and Recreation Department

Surry Community Center
205 Enos Farm Dr.
Surry, VA 23883
For information: 757-294-3002

Dec. 12 - The Captain John Smith Deckhouse will be open for tours from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at The Surry Historical Society Museum
281 Bank Street
Surry, VA 23883

January - Chippokes State Park - Jan. 1 - Jones-Stewart Mansion Tours. 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm. - January 24 - River House Tour.
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm.
For Information: 757-294-3625

FebruaryBacon's Castle Valentines Day -
Sunday, February 14, 2016: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Then take a special, one night only "Romance" tour of the 1665 Castle where 350 years of romantic tales echo in the very chambers in which they originated. Our first tour begins at 4 p.m. and our second will start at 5 p.m. We have limited space available, so reserve your tickets now! $25 each for members or $30 per person for non-members.
For More Information go to our
EventsPage
: or call 757-357-5976

Chippokes Plantation State Park - February 13-16 - February Interpretive Programs. The Great Backyard Bird Count.
For Information: 757-294-3625

MarchBacon's Castle. March 29 - The 17th C. Furniture Symposium
For Information: 757-357-5976

Friends of Chippokes Easter Egg Hunt March 27, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. - Information: 757-294-3728

April - Historic Garden Week - Chippokes Plantation Mansion, Jones-Stewart Mansion Tours - Starting April 3 open Friday-Monday 1:00pm-4:15pm through November

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

Bacon's Castle. April 18th-25th: 10am-5pm (12pm-5pm on the 19th)
For Information: 757-357-5976

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Captain John Smith Ferry in 1925