Suffolk Virginia is one of seven cities that make up the South Hampton Roads of eastern Virginia. The city is named Suffolk after Governor William Gooch home in East Anglia England. Suffolk is the largest independent city in land area of the entire Commonwealth, originally called Constance's Warehouse. A seaport town along the Nansemond River was established by English settlers in 1742. Prior to the arrival of the colonists Nansemond Indians lived in the area for thousands of years. Early on Nansemond County encircled Suffolk and had become the independent city of Nansemond. These two cities arranged to be joined together along with the unincorporated towns of Hollond and Whaleyville forming the largest city in the area. In the beginning, the English grew tobacco, which was so laborious and exhaustive that African slaves were necessary. Eventually the landowners gave up the tobacco trade and changed to farming and assorted variety of field crops. Peanuts became one of the primary crops for Suffolk. Planters Peanuts originated in Suffolk in 1912 with the inception of Mr. Peanut planter's famous mascot. Planters are now part of Kraft Foods, other large corporations found in Suffolk are Unilever, Lipton Tea, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin with its headquarters for Innovation is based in Suffolk. The campus is referred to as"The Lighthouse "because the campus surrounds a lighthouse. There are many things to do in Suffolk. Bike trails cover many miles in the Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge with several entry sites. Lone Star Lakes City Park has more than four miles of trails that were also designed for bike riding. Museums and other tourist attractions are also available to learn more about Suffolk's history.
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Events in Suffolk
10th Annual New York City Bus Trip
at First United Presbyterian Church
Come join First United Presbyterina Church Women's Ministry in partnership with the Urban League of Hampton Roads on our annual day of fun in New York City on Saturday, May 18, 2019.
Hampton Blvd Farmers Market
at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
Come see us every Wednesday 3PM to 6PM, April through October, for all the best in local! Fresh fruits and vegetables (more than ever before!
Awaken The Warrior Within
at The Stanhope House
This one-day workshop is designed so that you can access the warrior inside you. The warrior that is often suppressed by limiting beliefs, judgements, and doubts.
Surface Warrior Ball 2019
at Norfolk Waterside Marriott
The Surface Warrior Ball Committee invites you to a black-tie event on 29 June at 1800 at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott.