COVID-19  and Its Effect on Tourism:

UPDATE 3/31/20

Following the Governor's declaration of a state of emergency on Thursday, March 12, 2020, Surry County businesses and tourism attractions have struggled to adapt. Although we would love to be able to invite our guests to visit Surry, Virginia at this time, we know how necessary it is to stay in place – for the health of our loved ones and our nation.

During this time of uncertainty, we encourage you to delay the plans you may have made to visit Surry – opting instead to visit in the late spring, summer or fall. Our businesses and attractions are planning to offer you the warmest welcome once normal activity returns!

Although many of our businesses and attractions are closed to the public at this time, you can still get out for some fresh, country air by visiting some of our outdoor spaces; and you may still support local business by taking advantage of take-out and curbside service:

Chippokes Plantation State Park – park and trails, Farm and Forestry Museum are open; please deposit $7 entrance fee per vehicle at the gate; please be mindful of social distancing recommendations while onsite

Bacon's Castle and Smith's Fort – grounds are open; please be mindful of social distancing recommendations

Hampton Roads Winery – providing “old-fashioned car-hop service; just without the roller skates.” Call ahead, order curbside, or order online.

Farmer Joe's Greenhouse and Florist – local home delivery and curbside service available (please call ahead); vegetable plants, onions and potatoes for planting; flowering plants; fresh tomatoes and eggs available for purchase; please be mindful of social distancing recommendations

Bacon's Castle Supply, Inc. - fully cooked country ham slices, food flavorings, eggs, cheese, and whole country hams; please be mindful of social distancing recommendations

Johnson Brothers, Inc. – curbside service available

Anna's Pizza & Italian Restaurant – orders can be called in and picked up at the window during regular hours

The Colonial Trail Seafood Market – curbside service available

When normal activity resumes we hope you will plan a visit to Surry, Virginia. Come, “Savor the Secrets of Surry” – which one of our secrets will become your new passion?

Any time of year, Surry is a great place to visit!

Historical Places

Surry County, located on the James River in Virginia, has both an interesting past and an exciting future. Before the first English settlers sailed up the James in 1607, the county was home to Native Americans. With the coming of the English, who first landed in Surry County before building their fort on Jamestown Island, Surry was considered part of the Jamestown Settlement. In 1652 Surry County separated from James City County and extended south as far as North Carolina. Surry is home to several century-old places of historic note, including:

  • Smith’s Fort Plantation, built between 1751 and 1765, stands on the land given as a Dower tract by Powhatan to John Rolfe upon the occasion of his marriage to Pocahontas.
  • Bacon’s Castle, which was built in 1665, is the oldest documented brick house in English North America.
  • Chippokes Plantation State Park is home to one of the oldest working farms in the United States. Attractions include the Jones-Stewart Mansion, the Farm and Forestry Museum, a visitor center, swimming complex, camping area, picnic areas, formal English gardens, and biking and hiking trails. View information regarding fees for park visitors.

Economic Development & Business Growth

The Surry County of today looks back with pride and cherishes its history and rural nature; but at the same time the county is excited to offer opportunities for economic development and business growth.

Dominion Power has operated the Surry Nuclear Power Station in Surry County since 1972 and is one of the County's largest employers. Visitors to the County are encouraged to tour the Surry Nuclear Information Center to learn more about electrical generation and see how a nuclear power station works.

Visitors Center

Plan to stop by the Surry County Visitors Center, where friendly staff will help customize your trip to include all the fun adventures that are available on a daily basis.  

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For more information about tourism initiatives in Surry County, contact:

Pat Bernshausen, DMO

Tourism Coordinator

(757) 294-0644

email Pat