Day Trip: Surry County

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.

Surry County 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, (photo above) 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!

Outbuildings and Former Slave Cabin at Bacon’s Castle in Surry, VA

Must-Visit Sites in Surry County
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.

Wildlife sightings

Dining in Surry County
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, (photo at bottom or article) is easy to find and you will want to sample their award-winning varieties.

Photo by the Surry Seafood Company

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?  


Image Courtesy Of Hampton Roads Winery