Find your escape just across the James River in beautiful Surry County, Virginia. Take the free ride by ferry boat and explore sites steeped in history.
Once considered part of the original Jamestown Colony, Surry has retained its rural charm and celebrates more than 400 years of history. Visit Smith’s Fort to discover more about the lives of Captain John Smith, Pocahontas, John Rolfe, and Chief Powhatan. Don’t miss the opportunity to stop at Bacon’s Castle, the oldest documented brick house in Virginia, and the only example of Jacobean architecture in British North America. Bacon’s Castle was the site of an earlier revolt against British rule—100 years before the American Revolution!
Guests will want to explore Chippokes State Park. Open 365 days a year, it contains historic homes with English gardens, the Farm and Forestry Museum, miles of trails for hiking, picnic and playground areas, overnight accommodations, and riverfront beaches. To continue your outdoor adventure, plan to visit Hog Island National Wildlife Refuge for amazing views of the James River and wildlife sightings, kayak along Gray’s Creek, or take in 18 holes of disc golf at the Surry County Recreation Center.
Surry has restaurants that feature Italian and Asian cuisine, delicious Southern cooking, as well as local seafood and waterfront dining at the Surry Seafood Company. Consider spending some time at one of the “pick-your-own” farms or our farmers market for fresh, local produce. Find authentic smoked meats in the Edwards Virginia Smokehouse tradition, as well as exotic meats and specialty foods at Meats of Virginia. The Hampton Roads Winery, with the World’s Tallest Goat Tower, is easy to find and you will want to sample their award-winning varieties.
Whether you come for the fascinating history, the exciting outdoor adventure or the taste of delicious food and drink, we invite you to come on over and “Savor the Secrets of Surry!” Which one of our secrets will become your new obsession?