In 1652, Surry County was formed from the portion of James City Countysouth of the James River. Having an estimated population of 6,967 as of July 1, 2014, the county is mostly rural, known for farming, curing Virginia Hams, and harvesting lumber, notably Virginia Pine.
In 1754, Sussex County was formed from a portion of Surry County, Virginia. Adjacent to Dinwiddie, Surry and Prince George Counties, Sussex County has an estimated population of 12,090 as of July 1, 2014 and is mostly rural. Larger towns in the county include Waverly, Wakefield, Jarratt and Stony Creek. Being centrally located between Williamsburg, the Richmond-Petersburg metropolitan area and the Hampton Roads metropolitan area, Sussex's residents can easily access the numerous recreational, historical, cultural, educational and entertainment attractions these diverse areas have to offer.