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Surry County Events

January - Chippokes State Park - Jones-Stewart Mansion Tours. The Jones-Stewart Mansion will be open. providing a perfect follow-up activity after one of the First Day Hikes. January 1 - First Day Hikes - Join a park interpreter for a leisurely stroll through forests and fields. The hike will take place on the James River Trail and will feature opportunities to witness wildlife and their habitats. It is recommended that participants wear comfortable shoes and warm clothing. There will be a break halfway through the hike so feel free to bring something to eat. Meet at the Jones-Stewart
For Information: 757-294-3625
River House Tour - Take a peek inside this mesmerizing structure. The program will guide visitors through the rooms inside the River House, and will focus on how the dwelling fit into the property's history. It is recommended that participants wear comfortable shoes and bring water.
For Information: 757-294-3625

February - Bacon's Castle.Valentines Day
This Valentine's Day take your loved one on a tour of a Castle! Begin your evening with wine tastings from Hampton Roads Winery, paired with historic food recipes inspired by 18th century cookbooks.
Preview Bacon's Castle's most recently restored artifact, an 1834 love poem etched for eternity in a window pane!
Then take a special, one night only "Romance" tour of the 1665 Castle where 350 years of romantic tales echo in the very chambers in which they originated.
We have limited space available, so reserve your tickets now! $25 each for members or $30 per person for non-members.
For Information: 757-357-5976

Chippokes Plantation State Park - February Interpretive Programs. The Great Backyard Bird Count is an online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in real-time through the project's website. Grab your binoculars or cameras and join the flock as we search for birds at Chippokes. Hiking through a variety of natural habitats, we will experience how different birds use the park as a breeding, wintering, and permanent habitat. In accordance with the Great Backyard Bird Count, we will be recording our observations for submission into their website. Some binoculars will be provided. Wear comfortable and warm clothing.

March - Fredrick Douglass Speaking Tour delivered by
poet, author and spoken word performer, Nathan Richardson.
Thursday night, March 16, 2017, 7-9 p.m.
Hampton Roads Vineyard and Winery, Elberon, VA.
There are a limited number of Tickets available. Tickets must be purchased in advance, $10 per person. Tickets available at Surry Historical Society and from Mary Alma Savedge at Surry Supply.

April - Chippokes Plantation Mansion - Friends of Chippokes 18th Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 16, 2017, at 2pm., Join park staff, volunteers, and, you guessed it, the Easter Bunny, for a fun filled Easter egg-stravaganza at the Paradise Gardens. In addition to the Easter Egg Hunt, we will also have games, arts and crafts, and other activities guaranteed to have you jumping, or hopping, for joy. The age limit for the Easter Egg Hunt is 10 and under. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of Chippokes. The Easter Egg Hunt will start promptly at 2:00 p.m.; it is recommended that visitors wishing to participate in the hunt arrive by that time as eggs are limited. Cost is the $5 vehicle park entrance fee.

Smith's Fort Plantation. Open to the public for tours -The site of the land grant given to John Rolfe and his wife Pocahontas by the bride's father, Chief of the Powhatans, Wahunsenacawh.
For Information: 757-294-3872

Bacon's Castle.
Join us at Bacon's Castle for this year's Annual Historic Garden Week festivities at North America's Oldest Formal Garden! Guided tours of the Castle are available the week of Historic Garden Week at Bacon's Castle. General Admission rates apply.
For Information: 757-357-5976

May - Bacon's Castle - Historic Preservation Symposium - Preservation Virginia's Bacon's Castle is honored to have an amazing line up of notable icons in the preservation community at our Historic Preservation Symposium.Carl Lounsbury - Keynote speaker presenting on The Chesapeake House and regional architecture
Mike Adams, Preservation Virginia's Head of Restoration
Bacons' Castle Architecture - Justin Sarafin,Preservation Virginia's Director of Preservation Initiatives and Engagement
Historic Preservation - Space is limited, tickets are available here.
Recertification credits for teachers eligible. Please inquire with your particular school system for acceptability.
For Information: 757-294-3728

Antique Appraisal and Vintage Sale - May 20, 2017 - 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (last items for appraisal will be accepted at 3:30 p.m.) Surry Recreation Center, 205 Enos Farm Drive, Spring Grove, Va. 23881 (GPS address) Sponsored by the Surry Historical Society
Appraisal costs for non Historical Society members:
$10.00 per item
$25.00 for 3 items
$40.00 for 5 items
Surry Historical Society members $7.00 per item.
Appraisers who will be present include: Vernon Creedmore, David Edwards, Marshall Goodman, Wallace Gusler, Jim Melfa, John Wood and others.

The Surry Farmers Market - Every Friday, from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm - May 6th *, 13th, 20th, 27th - located just across School St. from the Government Center.

June - Annual Chippokes Steam and Gas Engine Show - June 3 and 4
Start your summer off with a visit to the 26th annual Steam and Gas Engine Show at Chippokes Plantation State Park. There will be "hit-n-miss" engines, antique tractors and classic cars on display. Activities include tram rides, tractor pulls, sawmill demonstrations and kids' activities, including a kids' pedal tractor pull competition. Food and craft vendors will be on hand. Don't miss this great family event. Admission is $5 per person; kids 12 and under get in free. Those wanting to take part in tractor pulls or displaying equipment and vehicles call the park at 757-294-3625. The show will take place at the Sawmill grounds in the park's historic area.
10:00a.m.-5:00p.m.
Chippokes Plantation State Park
695 Chippokes Park Road (Rt. 634)
Surry, VA 23883
757-294-3625
http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/chi.shtml .

Bacon's Castle. Virginia Indian Symposium -
Preservation Virginia's Bacon's Castle is honored to have a diverse line up of notable people in the Virginia Indian community at our Virginia Indian Symposium. The speakers include Chief Walt "Red Hawk" Brown of the Cheroenhaka Nottoway Tribe and Marvin Jones of Chowan Discovery Group. Space is limited, tickets are available here. Recertification credits for teachers eligible. Please inquire with your particular school system for acceptability.
For Information: 757-357-5976

The Surry Farmers Market - Every Friday, from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm - June 10th *, 17th *, 24th - located just across School St. from the Government Center.

July - Surry Parks and Recreation Dept. Independence Day Celebration. - A family celebration full of fun! The Children's Festival begins at 4:00pm followed by fireworks at 9:00pm. Vendors will be on site providing popcorn, cotton candy, SnoCones and more. Live music. No charge. Please wear comfortable clothing, bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the 31st Annual Entertainment & Fireworks Display. Held at the Surry County Department of Parks & Recreation, 205 Enos Farm Drive, just off Virginia Route 10. Please call 757-294-3002 for more information

The Surry Farmers Market - Every Friday, from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm - July 1st *, 8th, 15th *, 22nd, 29th - located just across School St. from the Government Center.

ChippokesState Park - Pork, Peanut, and Pine Festival -Saturday July 15 and Sunday July 16, 2017 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m. Don't miss the 42nd annual Pork, Peanut and Pine Festival, an event that highlights Surry's three world-renowned agricultural products in a two-day festival of arts, crafts, music and food. A wide assortment of Virginia artisans display their wares and food vendors offer delectable pork barbecue, fried pork rinds, grilled pork chops, sausage, ham biscuits, peanut pie and peanut brittle. Bring an appetite and plan to stay all day. Admission is $5 per person; kids 10 and under get in free.
Visit http://www.porkpeanutpinefestival.org for more detail. The festival will take place at the Jones-Stewart Mansion grounds. For Information: 757-294-3728

August - The Surry Farmers Market - Every Friday, from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm - August 5th, 12th, 19th *, 26th - located just across School St. from the Government Center.

September - Nottoway Indian Powwow - September 16th & 17th - 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).

CHIPPOKES PLANTATION 5K RUN - 24 SEPTEMBER 2016, 9:00 AM - (Register before September 19)
Information; 757-294-3728

The Surry Farmers Market - Every Friday, from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm - September 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th - located just across School St. from the Government Center.

Bacon's Castle - African American Heritage Symposium -
Preservation Virginia's Bacon's Castle is honored to have a line up of notable individuals speaking on four centuries of African-American heritage in south-eastern Virginia. The speakers include Dr. Newby -Alexander, Professor of History and Director of the Joseph Jenkins Roberts Center for the Study of the African Diaspora, Joseph Jenkins President of the Surry County African American Heritage Society, and historian Russell Hopson. Space is limited, tickets are available here. Recertification credits for teachers eligible. Please inquire with your particular school system for acceptability.
Bacon's Castle - Haunted Event with CPRI - Do you watch ghost investigation television shows? Collect ghost story books? Ever been to a haunted house? How about an exclusive opportunity to explore your curiosity into the unknown? Join us with the CPRI for an evening exploring the 9,300 square feet of Virginia's Oldest House. Many stories and accounts have been recorded at paranormal events at Bacon's Castle. Some accounts as recently as last year! Will you have a story to share? Tours begin at 8 p.m. and run every 30-minutes with the last tour beginning at 11:00 p.m. Ticketed event. Space is limited. Please register here. Children 12 and older, please.
For Information: 757-357-5976

October - The Surry Farmers Market - Every Friday, from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm - October 7th, 14th *, 21st, 28th * - located just across School St. from the Government Center

Chippokes Harvest Celebration - October 14th 2017. The Chippokes Junior Ranger academy is now accepting applicants. Kids will interact with nature and discover cool things about our history. Children who come to the program all four days will receive a Junior Ranger badge at the graduation ceremony. For kids 6-12 years old, parents welcome to join. $3 a day or $10 for all four days. Register by calling the park office at 757-294-3625 or emailing the park at Chippokes@dcr.virginia.gov. Bring a packed lunch daily, sunscreen, water, and bug spray. Meet at classroom across from the Museum parking lot.

Bacon's Castle - Haunted Event with CPRI- Do you watch ghost investigation television shows? Collect ghost story books? Ever been to a haunted house? How about an exclusive opportunity to explore your curiosity into the unknown? Join us with the CPRI for an evening exploring the 9,300 square feet of Virginia's Oldest House. Many stories and accounts have been recorded at paranormal events at Bacon's Castle. Some accounts as recently as last year! Will you have a story to share? Tours begin at 8 p.m. and run every 30-minutes with the last tour beginning at 11:00 p.m. Ticketed event. Space is limited. Please register here. Children 12 and older, please.
For Information: 757-357-5976

Bacon's Castle - Bacon's Rebellion Re-enactment - Were Governor Berkeley and his allies corrupt? How could free indentured servants and poor farmers scratch a living in 1670s Virginia? Learn about both and more from our costumed historical interpreters as members of Bacon's Rebellion under Captain Rookings occupy the "Arthur Allen Brick House" in Surry County. Learn how the events in 1676 and 1677 Virginia led to dramatic trends toward race-based slavery, Virginia Indian relations, and struggles between western and eastern Virginians. Attendance to the day's events is included in general admission to the Historic Site.
For Information: 757-357-5976

 

November - Bacon's Castle - Guy Fawkes Day -
Join us at Bacon's Castle for the third Annual Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night! Between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. enjoy activities such as an 18th-century Cricket Match with the Capital Cricket Club and the Guy Fawkes Chant. Food and other items can be purchased from vendors. You may bring blankets and chairs for the day's events.

What is Guy Fawkes Day? - On November 5th, 1605 Catholic and anti-Protestant Guy Fawkes and 12 co-conspirators spent months planning to blow up King James I of England and Parliamentarians, but their assassination attempt was foiled when Fawkes was discovered lurking in a cellar below the House of Lords next to 36 barrels of gunpowder. Londoners immediately began lighting bonfires in celebration that the plot had failed. A few months later Parliament declared "5th of November" a public day of thanksgiving. Guy Fawkes Day, also known as Bonfire Night, has been around in one form or another ever since. The evening serves as a pro-establishment/patriotic event for the United Kingdom. In modern times the evening festivities include fireworks, bonfires, and enjoying baked potatoes and hot mulled wine. Effigies of the "Guy" and unpopular political leaders may also be burnt.
For Information: 757-357-5976

The Surry Farmers Market - Every Friday, from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm - November 18th * - located just across School St. from the Government Center.

Veterans Appreciation Day at Surry Community Center - sponsored by American Legion Post 160

US Flag Retirement Ceremony - at Chippokes Park - Fire Ring behind Bath House A in the campground. sponsored by American Legion Post 160


 

December - Bacon's Castle - Castle Christmas - December 10 - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm - Celebrate the holidays with us and learn more about 17th century English Christmas traditions and decorations. We will share warm seasonal beverages joyfully with you.e sights, sounds, and tasts of holiday hearh cooking.

Decenber 10 - Ferry Capt. John Smith Deckhouse Museum - Holiday Open House
Saturday, December 10, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visit the restored Deckhouse at 281 Bank St. in Surry. See exhibits and enjoy tours and refreshments. Prices 20% off on books and gifts. Capt. Jester may visit! For info: 757-869-3501. Sponsored by Surry County Historical Society & Museums, Inc.

Chippokes Open House - December 21 - 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. See the mansion in all its Christmas Splendor. Experience a tractor-drawn hay ride. Warm up inside the historic Brick Kitchen and experience the sights, sounds, and tasts of holiday hearh cooking. Enjoy making an ornament for your tree while savoring a cup of hot cocoa and home made cookies.

Surry Xmas Parade 2012Surry County - "A Visit with Santa" - December 10 -3:00 am until 7:00 pm - Children of all ages can visit with Santa

  • 3:00pm-Christmas Pasrade in the Town of Surry.
  • 4:00pm - Community Social on the Government Center Grounds
  • 5:00pm - Grand Illunination of Lights



 

Surry XMAS Parade 2012

Surry County Administrative Office
PO Box 65
Surry, VA 23883
757-294-5271 phone
Email:pbernshausen@surrycountyva.gov
Web Site:www.surrycountyva.gov




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