Day Trip: Surry County

Just a free ferryboat ride from the Williamsburg area is one of the earliest settled regions in the country—Surry County, Virginia.

Surry County History

Once considered part of the original Jamestown Colony, Surry has retained its rural charm and more than 360 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 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!

Must-Visit Sites in Surry County

Visitors to the area 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, an Olympic-sized swimming pool and riverfront beaches. To continue your outdoor adventure, consider a visit to Hog Island National Wildlife Refuge for amazing views of the James River and wildlife sightings. Science lovers will enjoy a stop at the nearby Surry Nuclear Information Center to learn more about nuclear power and solar power generation.  

Delectable Dining in Surry County

Surry has restaurants that feature Italian and Asian cuisine as well as local seafood and waterfront dining at the Surry Seafood Company at Gray’s Creek Marina.  Consider spending some time at one of the “pick-your-own” farms or farmers markets for fresh, local produce. Edwards Virginia Smokehouse and Edwards Virginia Ham Shoppe have been doing business in Surry for almost a century, producing and selling authentic, southern smoked meats and specialty foods. The Hampton Roads Vineyard & Winery, which opened in late 2015, is easy to find and well worth a visit, too.  

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!”