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 cityâ€™s residents live in the surrounding residential areas.
Suffolk is home toÂ Planterâ€™s Peanuts, the famous peanut distribution center established in 1912. Â Planterâ€™s is joined byÂ Lockheed Martin,Â Raytheon,Â Unilever,Â Lipton TeaÂ and more as the top employers of the area. Lockheed Martin bases itsÂ Center for Innovation, â€œThe Lighthouseâ€, on a Suffolk campus built around an actual working lighthouse.
TheÂ Dismal Swamp National Wildlife RefugeÂ 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 viaÂ White Marsh RoadÂ at Washington Ditch and other entry sites. Additional bike trails are located atÂ Lone Star Lakesand other nearby parks.
Suffolk hosts a variety of annual festivals including theÂ Suffolk Peanut Festival, theNansemond Indian Tribal Pow Wow, theÂ Taste of Suffolk Downtown Street Festival, theGreat Dismal Birding FestivalÂ 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 Suffolkâ€™s official Virginia Civil War Trail Site where guided Lantern Tours are available year long.
TheÂ Nansemond County Courthouse, now the Suffolk Visitor Center, is the third structure commemorating the original courthouse, destroyed by fire during theÂ Revolutionary War.
From history, to community events, to outdoor activities for all ages, Suffolk has something for everyone.
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