North Main Street & Constance Road
Hours: Dawn to dusk daily Entrances are located on Mahan Street, Constance Road and behind the Suffolk Seaboard Station Museum.
Originally constructed as "Green Hill Cemetery," this 32 acre expanse of hilly terrain and ancient cedar trees has many stories to reveal. Also home to one of Suffolk’s official Virginia Civil War Trail sites, The Confederate Monument.
Guided Lantern Tours are scheduled throughout the year. To inquire about taking the tour, contact the Suffolk Visitor Center at 757.514.4130 or 866.SEE.SUFK toll free.
100 East Constance Road
Located on the Nansemond River, John Constant founded this important trading center and village known as Constant's Wharf, which would become the Town of Suffolk in 1742.
Now this park is full of life, located directly behind The Hilton Garden Inn and Suffolk Conference Center. The 28-slip marina is ideal for boaters and the six-acre park is the setting for summer outdoor concerts, festivals, movie nights and more.
The site of the first church erected in Suffolk is memorialized by a monument surrounded by towering magnolia trees. The Church survived the burning of Suffolk by the British in 1779 but fell to ruin and was razed by 1802.
4400 Nansemond Pkwy
One of the oldest landmarks in northern Suffolk, the church is on the National Register of Historic Places. An extensive history of Glebe Episcopal Church is available on the church’s website.
3100 Desert Rd
Hours: Monday – Friday 8am to 4pm (The headquarters is closed on weekends and federal holidays, the hiking and biking trails remain open.)
The Great Dismal Swamp is anything but dismal. Despite its foreboding moniker, the Great Dismal Swamp is one of few remaining American wildernesses. It is the largest intact remnant of a vast habitat that once covered more than one million acres of southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. Because of its geographic location and climate, the Great Dismal is known for its unique blending of northern and southern species. It is a haven for black bear, bobcats, river otters, rattlesnakes and many rare plants. Less fearsome creatures include 200 species of birds, yellow-bellied and spotted turtles, lizards, salamanders, frogs and toads.
Lake Drummond, a 3,108-acre lake located near the center of the swamp is the largest of only two naturally occurring lakes in Virginia. It stands only 18 feet above sea level, and though it is 3 miles wide, it is only 5 to 6 feet deep, allowing great cypresses to rise from its still, shallow waters. Tannic acid from forest vegetation stains the water.
Despite its impressive size and age, the Great Dismal Swamp remains a mystery to most people. Its foreboding forests protect its wildlife and ward off intruders. But for those who venture in, the Dismal Swamp shelters a wealth of history and lore, flora and fauna. Visitors may participate in hiking, biking, nature photography, wildlife observation, hunting, fishing and boating. Trails are open year round, sunrise to sunset.
Swamp Safaris & Canoe Tours available through the Suffolk Visitor Center. Call 757.514.4130 or 866.SEE.SUFK toll free for more details.
524 North Main Street
Hours: Open daily 9:00am-5pm Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years.
Overlooking the Nansemond River, the provincial Roman Revival style structure with its very tall Tuscan columns was an impressive site for early travelers arriving on the river. Today the building retains its commanding presence and historical significance as the Suffolk Visitor Center. The first floor provides an exhibit gallery highlighting the history of Suffolk and the Great Dismal Swamp, a greeting and information area and a gift shop. The second floor houses municipal offices for the Department of Economic Development and Division of Tourism.
The former Nansemond County Courthouse (1840), is the third such structure on this site at the busy intersection of Main Street and Constance Road. Two previous courthouse buildings were destroyed by fires. The first fire occurred in May 1779 during the Revolutionary War when the British burned the town. Then, on June 3, 1837, “The Great Fire” destroyed both sides of Main Street from the north of Mahan Street to the courthouse.
During the Civil War, the courthouse was reportedly used as barracks for Union soldiers as the neighboring Mills Riddick home on its south served as Union Army headquarters. The periods of 1894 and 1958 brought repairs and varied remodeling, and the structure retained little original interior trim except for window architrave moldings. Street widenings and parking lots claimed its surrounding white-picket fence and once- impressive green vistas.
The building, however, remained in service as a courthouse until the completion of the Mills Godwin Courts Complex in 1998.
Sleepy Hole Golf Course
This 1920s Art Nouveau-style mansion was built along the Nansemond River by Amedeo Obici, an Italian immigrant and founder of Planters Peanuts. The former home, on the National Register of Historic Places, was recently renovated to much of its original grandeur and now has taken on a new life as a popular special events venue.
308 West Washington Street
Hours: Monday–Friday 10am-5:30pm; Saturday 8:30am-4pm
Step back in time and enjoy the aroma of peanuts roasted in the shell daily by a 1936-model roaster. The retail store offers a wide variety of Planters Peanuts, candies and other snack products. Gift packs and shipping. Complimentary peanut recipes upon request.
5860 Harbour View Boulevard
This 16-screen movie theater offers stadium seating, incredible sound, snacks, lobby area with arcade games and many nearby eateries and shops.
510 North Main Street
Hours: Thursday & Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 1pm-5pm
While Mills Riddick's contemporaries may have mocked his Greek Revival home when it was built in 1837, the house now stands as a beautiful reminder of the past.
The impressive structure is situated on North Main Street and features striking architectural details. The five frieze band windows across the front of the house are rarely seen in eastern Virginia. The front of the mansion is bricked in Flemish bond, and double chimneys rise from both ends of the stately historic landmark. Slender columns of the Greek Revival period frame the main entrance. The interior showcases intricately carved moldings and elaborate ceiling medallions throughout the house.
Riddick's Folly has four floors, twenty-one rooms, and sixteen fireplaces. All four floors are open to the public. The building features elegantly furnished double parlors, a gentlemen's library, and adult and children's bedchambers. Also open are the laundry and dining rooms, and our newest restoration project, the kitchen.
Registered with the Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission and the National Register of Historic Places. During the Civil War, Riddick’s Folly served as headquarters for the Union Army.
326 North Main Street
Hours: Wednesday-Friday 11am-4pm; Saturday 10am-3pm; Sunday 1pm-4pm
This restored Main Street station displays a two-room HO-scale model of Suffolk in 1907that was built by the Tidewater Division of the National Model Railroad Association. A quaint gift shop appeals to the Conductor In all of us. The Railroad Museum hosts several Events annually, including Thomas the Train days For the kiddies, book signings, craft fairs, wreath sales, holiday open houses, etc.
The station was built in 1885 and has remained basically unchanged over the years. The Queen Anne style building is reminiscent of the Victorian age. It has an interesting tower with a beautiful, walnut, spiral staircase. Many original features were saved and restored such as the doors, windows, coffered ceiling, fireplace and porch. In 1918, there were six railroads coming through Suffolk with 32 passenger trains and 70 freight trains per day.
167 South Main Street
Offers a wide selection of the finest limited edition military art. War souvenirs, military firearms, uniforms, paper documents, war photos, swords, bayonets, and headgear on display.
828 King's Hwy
Located in Chuckatuck Village, this church is on the National Register of Historic Places. St. John's can trace its history to the founding of Jamestown. The parish is over 350 years old, and the church building itself has stood for 2 and a half centuries. St. John's saw the American Revolution and served as a camp ground for troops during the Civil War.
110 West Finney Avenue
757.923.0003 administrative office
757.923.2900 box office
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:30pm Ticket window opens 90 minutes prior to events
Suffolk High School, built in 1922, has been restored and repurposed as the premier visual and performing arts venue for Suffolk.
In the heart of downtown, the classic Greek-Revival structure houses a 500 seat theatre which is the stage for concerts, ballets, musicals, dramatic works, symphony performances, films, children’s plays, puppet shows and so much more.
The 62,880 square foot facility offers studios for dance, painting, sculpting, weaving classes and several other arts related classes. Within the massive three-story Center, there is a ballroom and banquet hall, classroom museum, gifts shop and an on-site restaurant (Mosaic by Holland’s).
118 Bosley Avenue
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 1pm-5pm
The Museum hosts a variety of exhibits and through a partnership with the Suffolk Art League and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts offers year-round programming. From painting and pastels to weaving and quilting, you can finda variety of art classes and workshops offered by the Suffolk Art League.