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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
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Independence 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.

Chippokes 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.

Camps 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 applies.
Contact Chippokes Plantation State Park at (757)-294-3625 for more information.

The Surry Farmers Market - Every Friday (July 5, 12,19, 26) from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm - just across School St. from the Government Center

August - The 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, much more.








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Captain John Smith Ferry in 1925 New Surry Visitors Center