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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,
Here are some of the activities that you can safely experience
while in Surry:
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.
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!
Surry Seafood Company -is open with limited
indoor and outdoor dining, take-out and curbside service
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.
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
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.
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.
Farms Blueberries - expect to open soon for "pick
your own" experience. Follow them on facebook for more
up to the minute information.
Joe's Greenhouse and Florist - - local home delivery
and curbside service available (please call ahead); vegetable
plants and flowering plants; fresh produce also available
Castle Supply, Inc. - fully cooked country ham slices,
food flavorings, eggs, cheese, and whole country hams; please
be mindful of social distancing recommendations.
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.
Colonial Trail Seafood Market -open with in-store
United -in-store and curbside service available
for Kicks Cupcakes & More LLC ..Janette Epps Johnson
- open Saturdays and Sundays, call ahead - in-store and
curbside service available
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
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.