Welcome to the Surry County Historical Society
We believe preserving our community’s history is essential. Surry County, Virginia is home to over 366 years of stories, artifacts and legacies. Our mission is to share Surry’s rich history through our museums, events, articles and more, so that visitors and residents alike can learn from our county’s past.
Established in 1652, Surry County is one of the oldest counties in the United States.
Eve Gregory writes about her great grandparents and their small farm at The Claremont Colony.
Here’s one of the few cases of “witchcraft” that occured in the Surry County, VA area.
A brief history about Surry County, Virginia’s early beginnings.
Discover some of the history behind horses in Sussex and Surry County.
Read about one of the worst storms to ever hit Virginia.
Learn about the ghost stories of Bacon’s Castle.
Read about one of the first African-Americans to be elected to a key policy making board in Surry.
Learn the phenomenal story of Dr. John Jefferson Smallwood, a former slave who achieved a Ph.D. degree and founded The Temperance Industrial and Collegiate Institute in Surry County, VA.
James E. Atkins shares the rules of survival he grew up with during and after The Great Depression.
James E. Atkins writes about the history and family memories of Blackwater Swamp.