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Address: 465 Bacon's Castle Trail, Surry, VA 23883
Phone Number:
+1 757-357-5976
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon 10:00 - 17:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

The Castle provides Guided Tours, Gift Shopping, & Tourist Information...

The Castle provides Guided Tours, Gift Shopping, & Tourist Information on Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays between 10 a.M. And 5 p.M. And Sundays between 12 and 5 p.M. Grounds are open 365 days a year between dawn and dusk.

Built in 1665, Bacon's Castle, originally known as the Arthur Allen Brick House, is British North America's oldest brick structure, North America's only surviving example of Jacobean Architecture, and has North America's oldest, preserved 17th-century English Formal Garden. Since 1973, Preservation Virginia restores, preserves, and presents the 40-acre historic site as a museum. The Site has a gift shop, restrooms, tourist information desk, guided house tours, Oldest Tidewater Virginia Barn (early-18th-century), 1850s Smokehouse, 1829/1849 Slave Quarters, and self-guided grounds and garden tours. Preservation Virginia's Bacon's Castle is proud to announce it is a Virginia Green certified Attraction and encourages others to participate in responsible practices. The grounds are accessible 364 days of the year between dawn and dusk.

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The oldest brick dwelling in the United States

Bacon's Castle simply oozes with history. Built in 1665, it is the oldest brick dwelling in the United States. It is the nation's only surviving High Jacobean structure. It also... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Taylor B
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Bacon's Castle simply oozes with history. Built in 1665, it is the oldest brick dwelling in the United States. It is the nation's only surviving High Jacobean structure. It also features the oldest English formal garden in North America. And its slave quarters date to the 1830s. Located at 465 Bacon Castle's Trail on State Route 617 in Surry, Virginia,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

Actually, Bacon didn't live here or own the property. During Bacon's Rebellion, some of his rebels took over the property and the name stuck. This is part of and run by Preservation Virginia, the new name for the APVA, an organization founded in 1889 to safeguard Virginia's historic sites. It has a combo ticket with Smith's Fort Plantation just up... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

The oldest brick home in the U.S.! Interesting architecture like I had not seen before. The tour was very informative and interesting. If you go when it has rained or is raining, you will be limited to view all the out buildings as there are no walkways - will get wet and muddy feet!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

It was rainy so we couldn't really enjoy the grounds of the plantation. The tour of the castle was informative though not as I had expected for some reason. Our guide was pleasant and willing to answer any questions we had. Definitely not for kids or sleepy folks.

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Yorktown, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Start your tour in the meeting room, led by a docent. The young lady that we had didn't know all the answers to our questions, but I truly admire a person who will go and find the answer and come back find/and tell you. Clean restroom and small gift shop. You can also tune in your phone for a guided... More 

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Hampton, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Our visit to Bacon’s Castle was quite interesting though not unlike some similar really old buildings we have seen. Preservation Virginia has done a great job in preserving and restoring this building, portions of which were constructed as far back as 1665. Our group of 34 was split into two smaller groups, with a few other visitors joining us. We... More 

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Norfolk, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

I expected the house to have more contend and sadly our guide was more on the joking side than that I had the feeling he really knew much stuff about traditions, building material and other matters, and our group was much to large for the small rooms

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

Great tour and history lesson by Lucas. Recommend for anyone! Beautiful and well kept facility. Would be great for a picnic after the tour on a nice day.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

What a find a real piece of history over 350 years old. The best part of this house is its authenticity. It's really that old and not redone to look look like it was just built but 350 years old. Alex was a fantastic tour guide and we learned so much. If you are looking for a great piece of... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Stopped by when we saw the sign on hiway 10. There is a cell phone tour on the outside of the building which provide very good information. To tour the inside, you must pay a fee and go on a scheduled tour. We were headed for Richmond for a flight and didn't have time to wait for the next tour.... More 

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