Escapes: Details on Plantations on the South Side of the James River
From the Beltway, travel south on Interstate 95, then I-295 around Richmond to Exit 22A. Go east on scenic Route 5, following signs to the Jamestown Ferry. The free ferry (800-823-3779) runs 24 hours a day.
Where to Stay
Chippokes Plantation State Park has three furnished cabins built in 1850, 1930 and 1947; $77-$151 (see listing below). The historic port town of Smithfield is 18 miles southeast of Surry. Options here include the charming Church Street Inn (1607 S. Church St., 757-357-3176, http:/
Where to Eat
Surrey House Restaurant (11865 Rolfe Hwy., Surry, 757-294-3389, http:/
What to Do
Bacon's Castle (Route 617 north of Route 10, 757-357-5976; http:/
Chippokes Plantation State Park (Route 634 [Alliance Road], 1 1/2 miles east of Surry, 757-294-3625, http:/
Smith's Fort Plantation (two miles from the ferry on the west side of Route 31, 757-294-3872; http:/
Brandon Plantation (5 1/2 miles north of Burrowsville on Route 611/Brandon Road, 757-866-8486) offers tours by appointment; grounds and gardens open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ($8, house $2).