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Riddick's Folly House Museum

510 N Main St, Suffolk, VA 23434-4427
+1 757-934-0822
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Riddick's Folly is more than worth your time!

A fascinating view of the American Victorian era. Amazing details told by the museum's good natured... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
djnflower
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Portsmouth, Virginia
A gem in downtown Suffolk!

Riddick’s Folly is a treasure waiting to be explored. Every room has furniture, photographs... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
librarymim
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Portsmouth, Virginia
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While Mills Riddick’s contemporaries may have mocked his Greek Revival home when it was built in 1837, the house now stands as a beautiful reminder of the past. This most impressive structure on Main Street in Suffolk features striking architectural details. The five frieze band windows across the front of the house are rarely seen in eastern Virginia. The front of the mansion is bricked in Flemish bond, and double chimneys rise from both ends of the stately historic landmark. Slender columns of the Greek Revival period frame the main entrance. The interior showcases intricately carved and gilded moldings and elaborate ceiling medallions throughout the main floor of the house. Riddick’s Folly has four floors, twenty-one rooms, and sixteen fireplaces. All four floors are open to the public. The building features elegantly furnished double parlors, a gentlemen’s library, and adult and children’s bedchambers. Our three newest projects are the bathing and dressing room on the third floor, the slave quarters on the fourth floor and their winter kitchen which is housed in the English basement along with the laundry and dining rooms. We also have a tastefully stocked Gift Shop in the English basement which was once the larder or pantry. Riddick’s Folly is a member of: American Association of Museums American Association for State and Local History Virginia Association of Museums South Hampton Roads Museum Forum Time Travelers Southside of the James Attractions Riddick’s Folly is also registered with : National Register for Historic Places Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission Virginia Civil War Trails
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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510 N Main St, Suffolk, VA 23434-4427
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Reviewed 5 days ago

A fascinating view of the American Victorian era. Amazing details told by the museum's good natured director. Included are period furniture (some original to the house) An excellent collection of Gov. Mills Godwin's artifacts in one of the rooms. This is a visit not to...More

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Edward K, General Manager at Riddick's Folly House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hello djinflower, I am so glad that you enjoyed your tour. Thank you so much for your kind remarks concerning your tour here at Riddick's Folly with your five star review. Your comments will help us tremendously with the City of Suffolk. Thanks, Lee

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Riddick’s Folly is a treasure waiting to be explored. Every room has furniture, photographs, paintings, and other furnishings that bring the history of the family, the Civil War, and the city alive. Our guide Lee King, who is also the museum’s director, has extensive knowledge...More

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Edward K, General Manager at Riddick's Folly House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hello Librarymim, I am so glad that you enjoyed your tour. Thank you so much for your kind remarks concerning your tour here at Riddick's Folly with your five star review. Your comments will help us tremendously with the City of Suffolk. Thanks, Lee

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had such a nice time at the house. Lee is a great host and is VERY educated about the history of the building, family, and time period. He has meticulously collected era-appropriate pieces to curate the Riddick house. Not to mention Lee as a...More

Thank Annie W
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Heather B, Manager at Riddick's Folly House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Annie W. I am so glad that you enjoyed your tour. Thank you so much for your kind remarks concerning your tour here at Riddick's Folly with your five star review. Your comments will help us tremendously with the City of Suffolk. Thanks, Lee

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Riddick's Folly tour features an excellent guide who is very passionate about his subject and knows it very well. The house also has an extensive collection of items from the time period, collected individually by the caretaker over the last couple of decades. It...More

Thank Lee F
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Heather B, Manager at Riddick's Folly House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Lee F, I am so glad that you enjoyed your tour. Thank you so much for your kind remarks concerning your tour here at Riddick's Folly with your five star review. Your comments will help us tremendously with the City of Suffolk. Thanks, Lee

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Thank you so much for your tour today we had a wonderful time my grandkids absolutely loved it the tour guy is absolutely awesome with great knowledge of the Civil War

Thank Richard D
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Heather B, Manager at Riddick's Folly House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Richard D. I am so glad that you enjoyed your tour. Thank you so much for your kind remarks concerning your tour here at Riddick's Folly with your five star review. Your comments will help us tremendously with the City of Suffolk. Thanks, Lee

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Reviewed 23 February 2018

My sister and children were in town and we wanted to take a day for a little sightseeing. Suffolk is an unexplored area for us so we loaded up the cars and headed into town. This was our second stop and we timed it perfectly....More

Thank Larry F
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Edward K, Manager at Riddick's Folly House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Larry F I am so glad that you enjoyed your tour. Thank you so much for your kind remarks concerning your tour here at Riddick's Folly with your five star review. Your comments will help us tremendously with the City of Suffolk. Thanks, Lee

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Reviewed 17 February 2018

Great place to visit for a day trip. The staff was very welcoming and tour guide Heather gave us a very informative, engaging and comprehensive tour of this four story gem. The period artifacts, furniture, art and family links to US history and restoration of...More

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Reviewed 11 February 2018

This gem is just across the street from the Hilton Hotel. The grounds are lovely and tours are offered. Make sure to check the hours when the house is open. When I visited, the hours were limited.

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Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

Me and my girlfriend went on the tour our tour guide Heather Brinkley was very knowledgeable and fun to interact with she stayed after to finish giving us the tour we will be returning to take the tour again

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Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

Finally visited after living in Suffolk for 12 years. The house is amazing and the director who gave us our tour was very friendly and knowledgeable! The stories are interesting and fantastic. Highly recommend the visit!

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