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Suffolk

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Suffolk is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2014 census, the estimated population was 86,806 It is the largest city in Virginia by area as well as the 14th largest in the country.Suffolk is located in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area which also includes the independent cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach, as well as other smaller cities, counties, and towns of Hampton Roads. With miles of waterfront property on the Nansemond and James River, present day Suffolk was formed in 1974 after consolidating with Nansemond County and the towns of Holland and Whaleyville. The current mayor is Linda T. Johnson.HistorySuffolk was founded by English colonists in 1742 as a port town on the Nansemond River in the Virginia Colony. Originally known as Constant's Warehouse, for John Constant, Suffolk was renamed after Royal Governor William Gooch's home of Suffolk, a county in East Anglia, 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. It became the county seat of Nansemond County in 1750.
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Popular things to do in Suffolk

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Historic Site
Riddick's Folly House Museum
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Wildlife Area
Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Historic Site
Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum
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Duration: 30 minutes
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Park
Sleepy Hole Park
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Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Suffolk

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Religious Site
St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum Smithfield
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Park
Windsor Castle Park Smithfield
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Duration: 2 hours
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Wildlife Area
Sylvan Heights Bird Park Scotland Neck
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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State Park
Chippokes Plantation State Park Surry
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Duration: 2 hours

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