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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)
Surry Farmers Market - Every
Friday (Aug.2, 9, 16, 23,
30) from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- 45 School Street, Surry, VA 23883 - just across School
St. from the Government Center. The Surry Farmers Market
features prepared foods and activities for the children,
produce, meat, baked goods, plants, garden crafts and much,
Plantation State Park, 695 Chippokes Park Rd., Surry,
VA 23883. Jones-Stewart Mansion Grounds. August 2, 2019.
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Visitors who wish to tour the
mansion when it is closed can call 757-294-3439 to schedule
a private tour.
Castle - 465 Bacons Castle Trail, Surry, VA
23883. Open for Tours Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- September 21st& 22nd
- Nottoway Indian Tribe of VA, Inc. Annual Pow Wow. (Surry
Parks & Recreation Center, 205 Enos Farm Drive - located
one mile south of Surry on Route 10) Indigenous peoples
of Surry County and surrounding areas will present Native
Dance, Drumming, Food, Arts, Crafts, Jewelry. Bring blankets/
lawn chairs for a beautiful day of outdoors, cultural, family
fun and activities! No pets or alcohol. Grand
Entry at 12 noon Saturday and 1 pm Sunday
National Public Lands
September 28, 2019. 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Chippokes Plantation State Park
National Public Lands Day is a nationwide event that draws
hundreds of thousands of visitors to parks in order to get
them involved in natural resource conservation. (see
September on Events Page)
There is free parking/admission 695 Chippokes Park Rd.,
Surry, VA 23883. Visitor Center
Surry Farmers Market - Held every Friday
night, (Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27)
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, much more.