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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
For More Information


The 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, much more.

Chippokes 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.

Bacon's Castle - 465 Bacon’s Castle Trail, Surry, VA 23883. Open for Tours Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

September -Nottoway Indian Powwow - 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
Info: 757-294-3044).

National Public Lands Day -
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
Phone: 757-294-3728

The 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.








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Captain John Smith Ferry in 1925 New Surry Visitors Center