Suffolk is the largest city in Virginia, and within its 430 square miles are rich woodlands, verdant fields, sparkling waters, and friendly people.  Founded by English colonists in 1742 as a port town on the Nansemond River in the Virginia Colony, the city was originally known as Constant’s Warehouse, for John Constant. Suffolk was renamed after Royal Governor William Gooch’s home of Suffolk County in East Anglia in England. Before European contact, indigenous American tribes lived in the region for thousands of years. At the time of English settlement, the Nansemond Indians lived along the river. In the early colonial years, the English cultivated tobacco as a commodity crop, but later turned to mixed farming.

Peanuts grown in the surrounding areas became a major industry for Suffolk. Notably, Planters’ Peanuts was established in Suffolk beginning in 1912. Suffolk was the ‘birthplace’ of Mr. Peanut, the mascot of Planters’ Peanuts.

Now a growing and thriving city in the heart of southeastern Virginia, offering family attractions, new accommodations, a myriad of shoppes and boutiques, a burgeoning arts and culture scene and a variety of recreational activities.  Yesterday’s structures are today’s shoppes, restaurants and arts venues.  Here, you can discover the Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge-111,000 acres of untouched wilderness.  Swim, scuba dive, canoe, kayak or fish in 8,000 acres of lakes and rivers. Play a round of golf at one of the city’s five championship golf courses. Take the plunge and skydive!   You can grab a cappuccino, or a quiet dinner for two, tickets to a show, the opening of an art exhibit or a quiet walk along the riverfront-all in Suffolk.

Suffolk honors community spirit with annual family-friendly events and festivals including the Suffolk Peanut Festival, Nansemond Indian Tribal Pow Wow, Taste of Suffolk Downtown Street Festival, Great Dismal Birding Festival and many more.  You will find both small-town charm and big-city amenities in Suffolk – a rare and pleasing combination. Downtown streets are dotted with quaint shops and family restaurants, and the northern part of the city has become the center for high technology.  In every neighborhood and village, you will find a rich blend of historic landmarks and warm southern hospitality.  It’s a good time to be in Suffolk.

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