Now That you know about the Salty Southern Route... Let's talk about the counties! Meet Southampton COunty Virginia!
Hey there! The second county featured on The Salty Southern Route, your local pork and peanut thematic driving tour in Western Tidewater, that I want to let you know a little bit more about is Southampton County!
Originally part of “Warrasquouoke,” one of the eight shires making up the Colony of Virginia, Southampton County Virginia was most likely named for the borough of Southampton in England. Nestled between the Blackwater and Meherrin River, with the Nottoway River running through it, Southampton is a beautiful and tranquil county with a rich history that includes it’s Native American Beginnings, the railroad and a long relationship with pork and peanuts!
As you cruise down the long country roads of Southampton, windows down and the sweet country air whistling around you, the peace of your surroundings envelopes you while the excitement of what charming shop, farm, restaurant or historical landmark you are about to come across rises within.
While you follow The Salty Southern Route through Southampton County you will be taken to local restaurants, like Fred’s in the town of Franklin, places to purchase locally produced peanuts, like The Peanut Patch in the town of Courtland and local pork producers such as Felt’s, where you can peruse the retail shop and take home authentic Southampton ham. For the adventurous, follow The SSR to Blackwater Outfitters, where you can kayak and canoe through the waterways that form the county’s picturesque terrain.
All of this and more awaits you when you ride The Salty Southern Route!
Official launch September 13th, 2018 at the Isle of Wight County Fair!
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The Salty Southern Route
is a joint tourism effort of the towns of Franklin and Smithfield, Isle of Wight, Southampton, Surry and Sussex Counties, and the city of Suffolk, Virginia.