Suffolk is the largest city in Virginia, with miles of coast on the Nansemond and James Rivers. Growing peanuts is a major industry for Suffolk. Planters' Peanuts was established in Suffolk in 1912. Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge was created in 1974 to help protect one of the last large wild areas left in the Eastern United States. Lake Drummond is a natural lake in the heart of the Great Dismal Swamp. Riddick’s Folly is a historic house museum built in 1837 in Greek Revival style. Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum is a former station on Suffolk Main Street built in 1885, today a museum featuring railroad memorabilia.
1.Riddick's Folly House Museum
© Riddick's Folly House Museum
Riddick House, also called Riddicks Folly, is a historic home in Suffolk, Virginia built in 1837 in Greek Revival style. Mills Riddick was ridiculed by his contemporaries for constructing such a fanciful home, but the house is to this day the most impressive structure on Suffolk’s Main Street, a beautiful reminder of the past. The house has twenty-one rooms on four floors, sixteen fireplaces, elegantly furnished parlors, a library, and adult and children’s bedrooms. There are the bathing and dressing room on the third floor. The fourth floor has the slave quarters. The winter kitchen is located in the English basement together with the laundry and dining rooms. All floors are open to the public. The Riddick’s Folly is today a house museum and has a charming, well-stocked Gift Shop in the English basement.
510 N Main St, Suffolk, VA 23434, Phone: 757-934-0822
2.Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum
© Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum
Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum is a beautifully restored former station built on Suffolk Main Street in 1885 in the Queen Anne style. The station is today a museum featuring railroad memorabilia and a two-room model of Suffolk in 1907 made by the Tidewater Division of the National Model Railroad Association. The museum also houses models of locomotives and a real refurbished caboose. The former station pretty much remained the same through the history and has many Victorian details such as a tower with a lovely spiral staircase. Many original details have been preserved during restoration, such as windows, doors, fireplace , a porch and coffered ceiling.
326 N Main St, Suffolk, VA 23434, Phone: 757-923-4750
3.Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Great Dismal Swamp is a marshy area on the Coastal Plain of southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, located between Norfolk, Virginia, and Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge was created in 1974 to help protect a portion of this unique wilderness. It is one of the last large wild areas left in the Eastern United States. It consists of more than 112,000 acres of forested wetlands. In the heart of the refuge is natural 3,100-acre Lake Drummond. Located between two eco-regions, the refuge has conditions for a wide range of plants and animals. The most dominant tree species are bald cypress, black gum, maple, Atlantic white cedar, and pine. Visitors can engage in birdwatching, photography, hiking, biking, boating and canoeing. Almost a mile long Dismal Town Boardwalk Trail winds through part of the swamp habitat.
3120 Desert Rd, Suffolk, VA 23434, Phone: 757-986-3705
© Harper's Table
Harper’s Table is a modern, bright industrial chic restaurant in the heart of Suffolk, Virginia, established by renowned Chef Harper Bradshaw. The dining room is an interesting architectural blend of rustic element such as vintage pine reclaimed from the Suffolk Peanut Company warehouse, exposed ducts and pipes and cozy high private booths. Chef Bradshaw serves locally sourced seasonal Southern dishes with a distinct cosmopolitan vibe. The menu focuses on freshly caught fish and seafood from the Atlantic Coast, and the high quality meats from the local farms. Harper’s Pork Belly Biscuit is everyone’s favorite. The wine list is small but well-selected and fully stocked bar offers interesting handcrafted cocktails.
122 N Main St, Suffolk, VA 23434, Phone: 757-539-2000
5.River Stone Chophouse
© River Stone Chophouse
Located in the beautiful Arts and Crafts stone building in the Harbour View area of northern Suffolk, Virginia, River Stone Chophouse is an elegant spot where locals go for celebratory dinners or just to have a glass of wine by the fireplace overlooking the harbor. Elegant , spacious dining room has white tablecloths and large round tables and a cozy lounge has plush banquettes and soft lighting. There is also a cigar patio and a popular bar area with TVs. The menu focuses on high quality steaks and seafood, a raw bar and their signature bone-in dry aged ribeye. The bar has its own lighter menu and the Chophouse Sunday brunch is legendary.
8032 Harbour View Blvd, Suffolk, VA 23435, Phone: 757-638-7990
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