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Due to COVID 19, many of our annual events
have been cancelled.

Below are the event traditionally scheduled by our attractions.
Please contact each attraction individually to get an update on their plans to schedule events.
Surry County Events

January - Chippokes State Park - Jones-Stewart Mansion Tours. The Jones-Stewart Mansion opens. providing a perfect follow-up activity after one of the First Day Hikes - January 1 - 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 - Experience four centuries of romance at Bacon’s Castle! Begin your evening with wine tastings from Hampton Roads Winery, paired with regional and historic food recipes inspired by 18th century cookbooks. Get an up-close look at Bacon's Castle’s 1834 love poem etched for eternity in a window pane! Take a special, one night only “Romance” tour of the 1665 Castle where four centuries of romantic tales echo in the very chambers in which they originated. Timeslots are available for 2:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. We have limited space available, so reserve your tickets now. $30 each for Preservation Virginia members and $45 per person for non-members. Preservation Virginia members please use promotional code "member" during checkout to access discount. All memberships will be verified. Photos and/or video may be taken during the event. By registering, you grant Preservation Virginia permission to use photographs and/or video of you for marketing purposes. 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.
For Information: 757-294-3625

March - Hampton Roads Vineyard and Winery, Elberon, VA.
More About the Winery

Chippokes Plantation State Park - Farm and Forestry Museum opens for the season. Open daily from 9 to 5.

April - Chippokes Plantation Mansion - Friends of Chippokes 18th Annual Easter Egg Hunt - 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, bring your own basket. 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.
For Information: 757-294-3625

Chippokes Plantation - Garden Week, Elegant Tea
695 Chippokes Park Road (Rt. 634)
Surry, VA 23883
757-294-3625
http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/chi.shtml .

Smith's Fort Plantation. Opens 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 - Bacon’s Castle Garden Party - 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.
$5 Admission includes access to the grounds and garden only.
$10 General Admission includes a tour of the Castle and all activities.
The Butterfly Garden: Strategic Plants that Attract and Raise Butterflies, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm - Master Naturalist and experienced butterfly raiser, Joni Carlson, will cover butterfly life cycles and teach how to grow plants that sustain a variety of butterfly species. For Information: 757-357-5976

May - Bacon's Castle - Historic Garden Week Garden Party
Mother's Day- special gift for moms.

For Information: 757-294-3728

Surry County Fun Hunt - Tickets: $10/person (In Advance) Teams of 2- 4 persons Register at Eventbrite.com or call 757-899-0203 - It's a Scavenger Hunt with Prizes and much more! Enjoy shopping discounts, food and wine tastings. Experience farm life and visit historic homes and museums. Meet at Surry County Visitor's Center, Corner of Church St. and Rte. 10 East, Surry, VA 23883 - Proceeds to benefit: James House Intervention/Prevention Services, Inc.
Info & Tickets: Facebook: Surry County Chamber of Commerce Email: dpsheldon@gmail.com - Phone Number: (757) 899-0203
Sponsored by the Surry County VA Chamber of Commerce

Chippokes Plantation - Chippokes Steam and Gas Engine Show - Start your summer off with a visit to the Annual Steam and Gas Engine Show at Chippokes Plantation State Park. “Hit-n-miss” engines, antique tractors and classic cars will be on display. Enjoy tram rides, tractor pulls, sawmill demonstrations and kid’s activities, including a pedal tractor pull competition. Food and craft vendors will be on hand. Don’t miss this great family event.Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days, and admission is $5.00 per vehicle. Class A, B, and C tractor pulls will be conducted by the Central Virginia Antique Tractor Pulling Association (CVATPA). More information is available on their website at www.cvatpa.com. Exhibitors and vendors are welcome to attend. Contact Chippokes Plantation State Park at (757)-294-3625 for more information.

For more information about Virginia State Parks’ activities and amenities or to make reservations in one of the more than 1,800 campsites or 300 climate-controlled cabins, call the Virginia State Parks Reservation Center at 800-933-PARK(7275) or visit www.virginiastateparks.gov . 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 .

The Surry Farmers Market - Held every Friday night, (Starting May 4) 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.

June - Bacon's Castle.
For Information: 757-357-5976

Chippokes Plantation - June 13 - 14 - Revolutionary War Reenactments

The Surry Farmers Market - Held every Friday night, 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.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the market will operate as a preorder with delivery or pick-up - customers choice! Transactions are designed with the safety of consumer and staff in mind. Customers will order and pay online or over the phone with verification. Pick-up is available at the rear of the Surry County Government Center (45 School Street, Surry, VA) on Fridays - or, staff can deliver to home wearing personal protective gear (face masks & gloves). If customers select delivery, staff request that a chair or cooler be placed on the porch; a call will be made to the customer notifying that delivery has been completed.
Order online here

July - Surry Parks and Recreation Dept. Independence Day Celebration. Traditionally, July 3rd - 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 or Visit their website: https://www.surrycountyva.gov/165/Parks-Recreation

The Surry Farmers Market - Held every Friday night, 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.

August - The Surry Farmers Market - Held every Friday night, 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.

September - Nottoway Indian Powwow -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
Chippokes Plantation State Park,
695 Chippokes Park Rd., Surry, VA 23883. Visitor Center.
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. This year we will be behind the scenes preparing some of your favorite attractions for the winter. Join us as we clean up in the: River House, Historic Brick Kitchen, Carriage House, and Farm and Forestry Museum. We'll also have opportunities available to work in the various gardens around the park to help prepare those for the fall/winter as well.
There is free parking/admission for this day.
Phone: 757-294-3728
Email Address: Chippokes@dcr.virginia.gov

The Surry Farmers Market - Held every Friday night, 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.

October - The Surry Farmers Market - Held every Friday night, 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.

Guided Kayak Tours on Gray's Creek - Oct.- Dec. - Every Saturday, Sunday & Wednesday - Details & Registration https://www.surrycountyva.gov/Activities/Activity/
Detail/Kayak-Tours-659

Bacon's Castle - Haunted Event 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 - Arcaeology Day-10am-5pm,
Learn more about arcaeology at the Castle - For Information: 757-357-5976

Chippokes State Park -
Monarchs on the Move with Joni Carlson

Park guests can get up close and personal with one of our most popular butterfly species! Historic Rivers Virginia Master Naturalist and butterfly enthusiast Joni Carlson will discuss and demonstrate butterfly tagging using monarchs she raises at her Monarch Butterfly Waystation in Surry County. In this seminar, participants will learn about the amazing characteristics of butterflies and their needs as they prepare for overwintering; wild Monarch Butterflies begin a treacherous migration southward in the fall. Following a brief lecture, guests will go on a guided hike to find these fluttering flower lovers and their fall nectar nourishments! Meet in the Quayle Classroom at the Farm and Forestry Museum. We recommend participants wear sunscreen and bring water. Virginia State Parks are managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. For more information about Virginia State Parks' activities and amenities or to reserve one of the more than 1,800 campsites or 300 climate-controlled cabins, call the Virginia State Parks Reservation Center at 800-933-PARK (7275) or visit www.virginiastateparks.gov

Chippokes Harvest Celebration - Chippokes Plantation State Park, 695 Chippokes Park Rd., Surry, VA 23883. Jones-Stewart Mansion Grounds / Historic Area of the Park.
Celebrate the fall harvest at one of the oldest continually farmed plantations in the United States. Along with craft and food vendors and live bluegrass music, there will be activities and exhibits which will include hearth cooking, basket weaving, spinning, sack races, corn hole, and antique farming equipment demonstrations. If you want some souvenirs to bring home, channel your creativity with some pumpkin painting or make a scarecrow. Every member of the family will find something to do including riding on an antique tractor-drawn hayride, climbing on a straw fort, or participating in crafts and colonial games, plus much more.
There is no fee for the event, but park entrance fees apply at $7 per vehicle and donations will be accepted for all activities.
Go to http://www.chippokes.com for more information or
call the park office at 757-294-3625.
Phone: 757-294-3728
Email Address: Chippokes@dcr.virginia.gov

Hampton Roads Winery - Oyster & Wine Celebration

November - Bacon's Castle - Guy Fawkes Day - Join us at Bacon's Castle for the Annual Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night! Between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. 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

Hampton Roads Winery - Anniversary Celebration

Chippokes Plantation State Park - Veteran's Day Flag Retirement Ceremony-11am-noon,
$5 per vehicle parking fee

December - Hampton Roads Winery - Holiday Open House

Bacon's Castle - Merrie and Bright Wine & Cheese Party-6-8pm
Evening tour with wine & cheese party Visit with Santa from 1-4 pm
For Information: 757-357-5976

Chippokes Plantation State Park -Holiday Open House-1-6pm,
Costumed interpreters, holiday open hearth cooking demonstration, crafts, guided hikes. $5 per vehicle parking fee

Bacon's Castle - Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays in December-Castle Christmas-experience five centuries of Christmas decoration and traditions

Chippokes Plantation State Park - Ongoing on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays in December-Jones-Stewart Mansion Tours
Tour the antebellum plantation house built in 1854-call ahead for times - 757-294-3625

Surry XMAS Parade 2012

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




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Guided Kayak Tours of Gray's Creek