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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)
Day Celebration July 3, 2018
03:00 PM - 10:00 PM
205 Enos Farm Drive, Surry, VA, 23883 Sponsored by
Surry Parks and Recreation Dept. - A family celebration
full of fun! Please wear comfortable clothing, bring
your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy. Please
call 757-294-3044 for more information.
State Park - Chippokes Plantation Prelude to Yorktown
(Surry County, Va.) - Join us on
July 6 & 7, 2019 to help mark the
400th Anniversary of the Chippokes Plantation.
The 7th Virginia Regiment reenacting units will be
hosting a recreation of the small skirmish that occurred
on the old Chippokes Road and the battle of Green
Springs on the actual anniversary of those events.
Guests will be able to tour the living history camps
surrounding the historic Jones-Stewart Mansion, shop
in the colonial sutlery camp, enjoy hearth cooking
demonstrations in the historic brick kitchen and more.
to open to the public at 9 a.m. and assorted historical
programs will be offered throughout the weekend. All
programs are free, but a $7 per vehicle parking fee
Contact Chippokes Plantation State Park at (757)-294-3625
for more information.
Surry Farmers Market - Every Friday (July
5, 12,19, 26) from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- just across School St. from the Government
Surry Farmers Market - Held every Friday
night, (Aug.2, 9, 16, 23, 30) from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm
at 45 School Street, Surry, VA 23883. The Surry Farmers
Market features prepared foods and activities for the children,
produce, meat, baked goods, plants, garden crafts and much,