Suffolk is best known for their peanuts, but this growing community is also ranked in the Top 20 destinations for young families and CNN Money hails it as one of the “100 Best Places to Live” in America. This community has a growing arts and culinary scene, a rich history, and a wide variety of family-friendly entertainment options that keep residents living happy, healthy lives. Nearly 84,585 folks call Suffolk home. Notable areas of Suffolk are Chuckatuck, Cypress, Driver, Harborview, Holy Neck, Nansemond, Northern Suffolk, The Riverfront, Sleepy Hole, and Whaleyville
Suffolk residents frequently support locally-owned stores, museums, and galleries — so much so that the Economic Development Office has developed the Love Local Buy Suffolk program. Just a few years ago, the beloved gift store A. Dodson’s was named Independent Small Business of the Year for the entire nation. Other favorites are Plum Crazy Art, Hi Ho Silver, and of course the local farmer’s markets. Suffolk was, after all, the ‘birthplace’ of Mr. Peanut, the mascot of Planters’ Peanuts.
Not only is Suffolk a fun place to shop, dine out and enjoy the arts, they also boast nationally accredited parks. Suffolk Parks and Recreation won recognition from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) for its beautiful parks and glistening waterways. Four regional parks include Lone Star Lakes Park (featuring over 4 miles of rocky trails), Bennett’s Creek Park, Sleepy Hole Park, and Constant’s Wharf Park and Marina. Outdoor enthusiasts and bicyclists can also enjoy The Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge with dozens of miles of trails.
Visit downtown Suffolk and you’ll find a number of walkable restaurant options. Soul food, southern, American fare, Italian – it’s all there. Plaid Turnip, the “artfully comfortable café,” is most popular for breakfast, although the lunch and dinner crowd is also steady. Art made by local artists lines the walls of the restaurant’s interior. Everything about Harper’s Table nods to the rich history of the area. Named for chef and owner, Harper Bradshaw, this restaurant features local ingredients such as oysters, clams, and crabs; pork salted, smoked or fresh; sweet potatoes, peanuts, greens. Suffolk has a rich history, that the locals are proud of. Bradshaw used wood from a peanut warehouse in his wife’s family to create a canopy over the seating area and an 18th-century barn door camouflages modern-day amenities, a television.
On the National Register for Historic Places, Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission, and the Virginia Civil War Trails, Riddick’s Folly House Museum is a must see with loads of great reviews on Trip Advisor, and surprisingly a great place to take children. Riddick built his house after the 1837 fire that devastated Suffolk. Instead of using wood again, he rebuilt with brick. He even put his kitchen on the inside, something unheard of in a fire-prone area. In 1977, it was turned into a museum.
As you can tell, Suffolk has a historic charm. If you decide to call this region “home,” we will be thrilled to help you find just the right home. Be it wood or brick, historic renovation or new construction we won’t let you make a folly when buying here.
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