RUN FARMS October 1st is our
October -OPEN 10am-6pm, Friday-Wednesday
Closed on Thursdays
Castle Haunt Nights Oct 16th & 30th Bacon's Castle presents a fun filled
fall evening with a campfire, cider, ghost stories,
tours, costumed interpreters, and Q&A with paranormal
Historical costumes welcome!
available ticket options:
Grounds only: Wander
the decorated grounds sipping warm cider, hear ghost stories
around the fire, Q&A with paranormal investigators,
explore the garden and encounter costumed interpreters.
Ideal for families and small groups, $15.00 per ticket.
Paranormal Investigator-led tours through the darkened Castle
in addition to outdoor activities, $30.00 per person
Are you looking for a more in depth experience in paranormal
research? Sign up for our exclusive tour with Robert "Brad"
Bradley, Research coordinator for the Center for Paranormal
Research and Investigation (CPRI). Learn about the equipment
and methods behind CPRI's science-based research from Brad
and the CPRI crew who have been leading paranormal research
at Bacon's Castle since 2012, $40.00 per person ticket
and Forestry Museum NOW OPEN
Farm and Forestry Museum at
Chippokes Plantation State Park offers displays of
antique farm and forestry equipment,
tools, and housewares.
There are sanitizing stations in each building for your
convenience and social distancing is encouraged.
Please deposit $7 entrance fee per vehicle at the gate.
More on Chippokes.
Market OPEN Every Friday Evening 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm May through October
45 School Street, Surry, VA 23883
Your local source for the freshest produce, baked goods,
prepared foods, and more!
Vendors accept cash, credit cards, debit, and EBT payments.
Weekly updates: https://www.facebook.com/TheSurryCountyFarmersMarket
Farmers Market will comply with all mandated COVID-19 restrictions.
Surry Visitors Center
is now closed due to rising COVID
Visit Surry County's latest addition to Virginia's WanderLOVE
Take the trail of the "Chipoax
Road" in beautiful Chippokes Plantation State Park.
Checkout the itinerary
for the WanderLOVE
Salty Southern Route
Surry County Tourism wishes to thank
our community and guests for their patience and
understanding as we continue to recover from the COVID-19
crises. Our state has lifted many restrictions, and most
local businesses and attractions are moving toward more
"normal" operations. However, it is important
to remember that face coverings, social distancing and frequent
hand washing are still advisable for the safety of employees,
our community, and our guests.
Pat Bernshausen, DMO
Surry County, Virginia
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.
A 15-minute free ferry ride across the James
provided by the Virginia Department of Transportation, provides
a unique view of the land. It's not hard to imagine what the
first colonists experienced as they traveled on the same river
400 years ago.