LifeLong Learning Society

Historic Homes of Surry, Virginia

October 15, 2020

Step back in time as you travel along Route 10, which runs along the southside of the James River and through beautiful Surry, Virginia. Here you will find two historic plantation homes. The morning will be spent at Chippokes Plantation, one of the oldest continually farmed plantations in the country. A working farm since 1617, enjoy a guided tour of the antebellum mansion and see a collection of antique farm and forestry equipment as well as a sawmill exhibit in the adjacent Farm and Forestry Museum.

Enjoy a plated lunch today at the Surry Seafood Company Restaurant, located on Gray’s Creek that leads out to the James River. Enjoy nice water views while you dine. They recently opened a brand new 45 slip marina as well as four boutique style hotel rooms. Please choose from: flounder sandwich, crab cake sandwich, cheeseburger (all served with french fries) or salmon caesar salad. Dessert of either bread pudding, peanut butter pie or key lime pie is included, as well as a non-alcoholic drink. Please write your entrée and dessert selection on reservation form below.

Built in 1665, Bacon’s Castle is the oldest standing brick dwelling in the United States and was originally home to prosperous merchant and planter, Arthur Allen. In 1676, Allen was driven from his home by followers of Nathaniel Bacon, whose uprising later came to be known as Bacon’s Rebellion, for which Bacon’s Castle is now known. Preservation Virginia acquired Bacon’s Castle in 1974 and after extensive research and restoration, opened the house to the public in 1983. Enjoy a guided tour of all 4 floors (several flights of stairs are involved – if you cannot do steps, you’ll be able to tour the first floor).

End your day with a wine tasting and tour at Hampton Roads Winery, a family-owned winery located at White Oak Farm in Surry County. The visitors center features a 25' bar for wine tasting and also features a fireplace and spacious outdoor patio overlooking a pond. Enjoy a tasting of 4-5 of their most popular wines and a tour of the facility.

  • Round-trip motorcoach transportation
  • Admission and guided tours at Chippokes and Bacon’s Castle
  • Wine tasting & tour
  • Lunch at Surry Seafood Company Restaurant
  • Refreshments on coach for trip home
  • Professional SignaTours tour director
  • Tax & gratuity on inclusions
  • Driver and tour director gratuities
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