Suffolk is a diverse city in southeastern Virginia, located on the Nansemond River less than twenty miles southwest of Norfolk. As the city with the greatest area in Virginia with 430 square miles, it combines big-city amenities with small-town charm and natural beauty.
The downtown area includes quaint shops, museums and family restaurants, while most of the city’s residents live in the surrounding residential areas.
Suffolk is home to Planter’s Peanuts, the famous peanut distribution center established in 1912. Planter’s is joined by Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Unilever, Lipton Tea and more as the top employers of the area. Lockheed Martin bases its Center for Innovation, “The Lighthouse”, on a Suffolk campus built around an actual working lighthouse.
The Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is 111,000 acres of pristine wilderness where visitors can swim, scuba dive, canoe, kayak or fish in 8,000 acres of lakes and rivers. The refuge also includes miles of trails for all skill levels, accessible via White Marsh Road at Washington Ditch and other entry sites. Additional bike trails are located at Lone Star Lakesand other nearby parks.
Suffolk hosts a variety of annual festivals including the Suffolk Peanut Festival, theNansemond Indian Tribal Pow Wow, the Taste of Suffolk Downtown Street Festival, theGreat Dismal Birding Festival and more.
The many historical sites in and around the city include the Cedar Hill Cemetery, located on 32 acres of hilly terrain. The cemetery is home to the Confederate Monument, and Suffolk’s official Virginia Civil War Trail Site where guided Lantern Tours are available year long.
The Nansemond County Courthouse, now the Suffolk Visitor Center, is the third structure commemorating the original courthouse, destroyed by fire during the Revolutionary War.
From history, to community events, to outdoor activities for all ages, Suffolk has something for everyone.
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