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Bacon's Castle

465 Bacons Castle Trl, Surry, VA 23883-2213
+1 757-357-5976
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Very pretty

This place is very pretty and the gardens are lovely. I definitely recommend a visit here to get... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
amalphiea
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Jacobean “Great House”

Wealthy merchant and planter Arthur Allen built a Jacobean style home in 1665. The architecture and... read more

Reviewed 18 January 2018
J David H
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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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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465 Bacons Castle Trl, Surry, VA 23883-2213
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is very pretty and the gardens are lovely. I definitely recommend a visit here to get away from the crowds at Williamsburg.

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Reviewed 18 January 2018 via mobile

Wealthy merchant and planter Arthur Allen built a Jacobean style home in 1665. The architecture and story of an early rebellion by frontier fighters highlighted my two visits to Surry County to tour the castle. Known as the oldest surviving brick home in North America...More

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Reviewed 1 January 2018

The tour is about 45 minutes and could be less than 30. This home is well preserved for it's age although any home this old is bound to have a lot of help to still stand. Not many of the furnishings are original but it...More

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Reviewed 25 December 2017

To complete ANY tour of the earliest English settlements in North America, you MUST go to Bacon's Castle and Smith's Fort. This amazing place has survived with about 80% of the original brick from 1665 - only 58 years after the initial settlement at Jamestown....More

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Reviewed 20 December 2017 via mobile

This home is the oldest documented brick home in the United States. The oldest portion was built in 1665 and was witness to Bacon’s rebellion being occupied by his supporters. The home is remarkably preserved for its age. Go see for yourself.

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Reviewed 29 November 2017

We had a great tour of Bacon's Castle, Surrey VA while we were in the Williamsburg area. The lady who guided us through was very interesting and we thoroughly enjoyed the history of this house and the surrounding area. We also bought a combination ticket...More

Thank Celeste G
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Reviewed 22 October 2017

First, be aware of a few facts which come from their web site: It is THE nation's only surviving High Jacobean structure Built in >>1665<< it is the OLDEST brick dwelling in the United States Occupied during the political uprising in 1676, led by Nathaniel...More

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Reviewed 12 October 2017

Six of us took the free Jamestown-Scotland ferry, bought a $12/senior combo ticket for a guided tour of both Smith's Fort Plantation and Bacon's Castle. The oldest brick dwelling in VA built in 1665 is Bacon’s Castle. We arrived at 3:45 so while waiting for...More

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Reviewed 9 October 2017

Interesting place; tour was enjoyable. Contact ahead of time for hours, tho, as they were not as advertised.

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Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

If you are visiting Williamsburg, Jamestown, etc., I highly recommend a trip to Bacon's Castle. How many times do you get to visit a house in this country more than 350 years old?! We took the ferry from Williamsburg. The ferry itself is a fun...More

Thank Rob B
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7 January 2017|
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Response from Bacon's C | Property representative |
Thanks for your interest in Bacon's Castle. As you noted, sometimes an old building does have issues with dampness. Because our house is heated and air conditioned,it is not too much of a problem on the main floors, but some... More
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Roxann M
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Response from Anna G | Reviewed this property |
No there was a fee. You could just walk around the outside but you do need to pay for the inside tour.
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Response from DWReynoldsJr |
Note that during the summer months both "Bacon's Castle" and Smith's Fort Plantation are open from 10 AM to 5 PM on Mondays and Fridays, as well as Saturdays. On Sundays both of these Preservation Virginia sites are open... More
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