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October 1st is our opening day
October -OPEN 10am-6pm, Friday-Wednesday
Closed on Thursdays

Bacon's Castle Haunt Nights
Oct 16th & 30th
Bacon's Castle presents a fun filled fall evening with a campfire, cider, ghost stories,
tours, costumed interpreters, and Q&A with paranormal investigators.
Historical costumes welcome!

3 available ticket options:

Grounds only: Wander the decorated grounds sipping warm cider, hear ghost stories around the fire, Q&A with paranormal investigators, explore the garden and encounter costumed interpreters. Ideal for families and small groups, $15.00 per ticket.

Castle Tour: Paranormal Investigator-led tours through the darkened Castle in addition to outdoor activities, $30.00 per person ticket price.

Plus Tour: Are you looking for a more in depth experience in paranormal research? Sign up for our exclusive tour with Robert "Brad" Bradley, Research coordinator for the Center for Paranormal Research and Investigation (CPRI). Learn about the equipment and methods behind CPRI's science-based research from Brad and the CPRI crew who have been leading paranormal research at Bacon's Castle since 2012, $40.00 per person ticket price.

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Join in the celebration at the
Nottoway Tribal Powwow
Has Been Cancelled for 2021
at the Surry County Parks and Recreation Center.

In cooperation with this exciting event, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) "Artmobile" mobile unit will be onsite and free to the public.
Download the flyer

Farm and Forestry Museum NOW OPEN
The Farm and Forestry Museum at
Chippokes Plantation State Park
offers displays of
antique farm and forestry equipment,
tools, and housewares.
There are sanitizing stations in each building for your convenience and social distancing is encouraged.
Please deposit $7 entrance fee per vehicle at the gate.
More on Chippokes.

Surry Farmers Market
Every Friday Evening
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
May through October
45 School Street, Surry, VA 23883
Your local source for the freshest produce, baked goods, prepared foods, and more!
Vendors accept cash, credit cards, debit, and EBT payments.
Weekly updates:
The Surry Farmers Market will comply with all mandated COVID-19 restrictions.

The Surry Visitors Center
is now closed
due to rising COVID numbers

12 Free Outdoor And Historic Things To Do In Surry Virginia
By Keryn Means / DC Getaways, Virginia

Press Release - Surry County, Virginia Receives Virginia Tourism Corporation Recovery Grant for Marketing

See the Winners of the "Six Weeks of Summer Outdoor Photography Challenge"

Visit Surry County's latest addition to Virginia's WanderLOVE promotion.
Take the trail of the "Chipoax Road" in beautiful Chippokes Plantation State Park.

OR Checkout the itinerary for the WanderLOVE
Salty Southern Route

Surry County Tourism wishes to thank our community and guests for their patience and understanding as we continue to recover from the COVID-19 crises. Our state has lifted many restrictions, and most local businesses and attractions are moving toward more "normal" operations. However, it is important to remember that face coverings, social distancing and frequent hand washing are still advisable for the safety of employees, our community, and our guests.

Pat Bernshausen, DMO
Tourism Coordinator
Surry County, Virginia
(757) 758-0146

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

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 Explore another of Surry's Secrets on the Cipoax Road. The Winners of the Six Weeks of Summer Outdoor Photography Challenge Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia Powwow Sept. 18 & 19