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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.
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
"The Old Clerks Office" - circa 1825
(In front of the Old Courthouse)
Castle - Bacon's Castle Descendants
Saturday, June 22, 2019
at 10 AM - 5 PM
465 Bacons Castle Trail, Surry, Virginia 23883
· $25 - $35
- For Information: 757-357-5976
Surry Farmers Market - Every Friday (June
7, 14, 21, 28) from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm)
- just across School St. from the Government Center
on School St.
- Independence Day Celebration
July 3, 2018 03:00 PM - 10:00
205 Enos Farm Drive, Surry, VA, 23883 Sponsored by Surry
Parks and Recreation Dept. - A family celebration full
of fun! The event features live entertainment, craft and
food vendors, bounce houses, softball tournament, 3 on 3
basketball tournaments and more fun for the entire community!
No charge. Please wear comfortable clothing, bring your
lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the Fireworks Display.
Please call 757-294-3044 for more information.
Chippokes State Park
-Pork, Peanut &
Pine Festival -July 21, 10am - 7 pm & July 22,
12 pm - 5pm - Admission is $5 per person, $10 entry for
2 or more, kids 10 and under get in free.
For Information: 757-294-3625
Surry Farmers Market - Every Friday (July
5, 12,19, 26) from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm - just across School
St. from the Government Center