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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

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.


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)

Visitors Center

NEWS About
Surry Seafood
Future Events
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Bacon's Castle
Dec 7th
1-4 pm Visit With Santa
6-8 pm
Merrie and Bright Wine & Cheese Party
Evening tour with wine & cheese party.

Hampton Roads Winery -
Dec 7th & 8th-Holiday Open House

Dec. 14th - 6pm
Christmas Parade & Party with Santa
Claremont Town Hall

4115 Spring Grove Rd
Claremont, VA 23899
Information: 757-866-8427

Chippokes Plantation State Park - Dec 14th 1-6pm Holiday Open House-,
Costumed interpreters, holiday open hearth cooking demonstration, crafts, guided hikes. $5 per vehicle parking fee

Bacon's Castle - Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays in December-Castle Christmas-experience five centuries of Christmas decoration and traditions

Chippokes Plantation State Park - Ongoing on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays in December-Jones-Stewart Mansion Tours
Tour the antebellum plantation house built in 1854-call ahead for times. 757-294-3625

Guided Kayak Tours on Gray's Creek - Every Saturday, Sunday & Wednesday - Details & Registration


Chippokes Plantation State Park - Jones-Stewart Mansion Tours. The Jones-Stewart Mansion will be open. providing a perfect follow-up activity after one of the First Day Hikes.
January 1 - First Day Hikes -
Join a park interpreter for a leisurely stroll through forests and fields.
Information: 757-294-3625

Guided Kayak Tours on Gray's Creek - Every Saturday, Sunday & Wednesday - Details & Registration


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Captain John Smith Ferry in 1925 New Surry Visitors Center Guided Kayak Tours of Gray's Creek