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Bacon's Castle Surry VA

Day Trip: Surry County

Find your escape just across the James River in beautiful Surry County, Virginia! Ride the free ferry for a unique experience and explore sites steeped in history.

Once considered part of the 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 brick dwelling in Virginia, and the only example of Jacobean architecture in British North America. Discover how the home received the nickname “Bacon’s Castle” and the role it played in colonial rebellion.

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

Guests will want to explore Chippokes State Park. Open 365 days a year, it contains historic homes with English gardens, a 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

Surry has restaurants that feature Italian and Asian cuisine, as well as local seafood and waterfront dining at the Surry Seafood Company Restaurant.  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 while you watch the goats frolick. 

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