On Thursday, March 12, 2020 Governor Ralph
Northam declared a state of emergency for the Commonwealth
due to COVID-19. Although would love to be able to invite
our guests to visit Surry, Virginia at this time, we know
how necessary it is to stay in place - for the health of
our loved ones and our nation.
During this time of uncertainty, we encourage you to delay
the plans you may have made to visit Surry - opting instead
to visit in the late spring, summer or fall. Our businesses
and attractions are planning to offer you the warmest welcome
once normal activity returns!
Although many of our businesses and attractions are closed
to the public at this time, you can still get out for
some fresh, country air by visiting the some of our outdoor
spaces; and you may still support local business by taking
advantage of take-out and curbside service:
Chippokes Plantation State Park
- park and trails, Farm and Forestry Museum are
open; please deposit $7 entrance fee per vehicle at the
gate; please be mindful of social distancing recommendations
and Smith's Fort - grounds
are open; please be mindful of social distancing recommendations
Hampton Roads Winery - providing
"old-fashioned car-hop service; just without the roller
Farmer Joe's Greenhouse &
Florist - curbside service available (please call
ahead); vegetable plants, onions and potatoes for planting;
fresh tomatoes and eggs available for purchase; please be
mindful of social distancing recommendations
When normal activity resumes we hope you will plan a visit
to Surry, Virginia. Come, "Savor the Secrets of Surry"
- which one of our secrets will become your new passion?
Pat Bernshausen, DMO
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Surry County Tourism |
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...
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.