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UPDATE 5/26/20

Cre8tive 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, 79 Colonial Trail E. Surry, VA 23883.
The Surry Seafood Company
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is open with outdoor dining, take-out and curbside service available. NO RESERVATIONS - guests are encouraged to call ahead.
Chippokes Plantation State Park -park and trails are open, 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; beach access is for fishing and exercising only; campground expected to open 5/21/20 with restrictions; pool will remain closed for the season.
Bacon's Castle and Smith's Fort - grounds are open; please be mindful of social distancing recommendations.
Hampton Roads Winery - guests can now enjoy a glass of wine or a slushie in the beautiful outdoors; staff are providing "old-fashioned car-hop service; just without the roller skates." Take the farm tour and enjoy some time with the goats. Call ahead, order curbside, or order online
Edwards Ham Shop (Surry) - is now open for in-shop purchases, facemasks are required and available in the shop for $1, maximum 5 customers in the shop at any time; curb-side pick-up still available; product displays, including meat offerings, are in shop windows along with their limited sandwich menu (without lettuce & tomato)
Farmer Joe's Greenhouse and Florist - local home delivery and curbside service available (please call ahead); vegetable plants, onions and potatoes for planting; flowering plants; fresh tomatoes and eggs available for purchase; please be mindful of social distancing recommendations
Bacon's Castle Supply, Inc. - fully cooked country ham slices, food flavorings, eggs, cheese, and whole country hams; please be mindful of social distancing recommendations
Johnson Brothers, Inc. - in-store and curbside service available
Anna's Pizza & Italian Restaur - orders can be called in and picked up at the window during regular hours
The Colonial Trail Seafood Market -open with in-store service only
Farmers United -in-store and curbside service available
Just for Kicks Cupcakes & More LLC ..Janette Epps Johnson - open Saturdays and Sundays, call ahead - curbside service available
Surry 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

Until such time as it is safe to re-open all of our shops and attractions: We miss you, and we'll be waiting for you!

Pat Bernshausen, DMO
Tourism Coordinator
Surry County, Virginia
(757) 294-0644

Important Announcement

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...
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.

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Captain John Smith Ferry in 1925