When we were in Williamsburg a fellow told us about a new to us restaurant we might want to consider trying. It's always nice to have good seafood while in the Tidewater area. Grayden suggested we give it a try. Going to this restaurant we would need to take the free Jamestown to Scotland Ferry across the James River to Surry county. It's always fun to do that!
Light rain was falling as we headed to the car ferry that would carry us to Scotland, Surry County. The Virginia Department of Transportation operates this ferry. There is a lot of talk about ending this service and building a bridge to take its place. The gentleman we were talking to told us that the folks in Surry do not want this at all. I can understand this would really change the rural area that is here.
To the left of the ferry entrance is the Jamestown Settlement. The recreated ships of the Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery are visible from our car. If you visit Jamestown Settlement you can come aboard these recreated vessels that sailed from England in December 1606 and arrived in Jamestown in May of 1607.
We passed the other ferry that was returning from Surry County. Virginia Department of Transportation owns four ferries that run back and forth. The Pocahontas and The Powhatan can carry 70 vehicles. The Surry and The Williamsburg can carry 50 vehicles. The ferries were running on their Fall schedule ---every half hour.
We were happy to see patrons enjoying their meals. It's always a good sign to frequent a place that has local police officers eating there in our opinion. My Daddy always said that and included truck drivers as well in the mix.
We were seated at a window overlooking Gray's Creek. We ordered the seafood platter that was quite delicious! I'm sorry to say I didn't take a photo of our crab cakes, scallops, shrimp, and fish. I guess I was too hungry!
The floating docks gave us a good view of the Surry Seafood Company and Inn. Gray's Creek is obviously navigable as we see sailboats along with other small boats.
Purple Martins are swallows that rely solely on bird houses to nest and are dependent on them for survival. They prefer nesting in colonies so that is why you see the many houses in one spot offered. If you have spent any time around water you have hopefully seen their acrobatic antics and their sweet chattering. This particular house was installed and monitored weekly for citizen science study by the Virginia Master Naturalist Historic Southside Chapter.