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Riddick's Folly House Museum

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Address: 510 N Main St, Suffolk, VA 23434-4427
Phone Number:
+1 757-934-0822
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Wed - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

While Mills Riddick’s contemporaries may have mocked his Greek Revival home...

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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I, in my retirement years, am becoming a civil war buff. I tour the battlegrounds and plantations of the period. Today I toured the Riddick House Museum in Suffolk and it was... read more

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Columbus, Ohio
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Columbus, Ohio
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I, in my retirement years, am becoming a civil war buff. I tour the battlegrounds and plantations of the period. Today I toured the Riddick House Museum in Suffolk and it was one of the most interesting and informative tours I have ever taken. The Director who was my tour guide had been serving the restoration and display of the... More 

Thank Jk3750
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Suffolk and the surrounding area are worth visiting, and the Roddick House is one of the best places in Suffolk to visit. We received a wonderful, knowledgeable tour. Visit and help preserve a valuable piece of Tidewater Virginia history!

Thank Lane R
Portsmouth, Virginia
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I recently went to Riddick's Folly House Museum for the first time with family and friends and it was so interesting. They have curated a collection not only of beautiful pieces from the period and the family that lived there but they also chose many items that help you to see how people lived in the past. The art throughout... More 

Thank AJGB42
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Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

I had read some of the brochures and was looking forward to a tour of the house. I stopped at the visitors center and they told me it was open and I would probably get a personal tour since I was by myself. It was a little after 1:30 when I went over to the house and went in the... More 

Thank Willy Y
Williamsburg, Virginia
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Reviewed 6 February 2017

We are new in the Va. area and have been taking little trips to check out little towns and places. Had not gone to Suffolk so this was our first time there. Read info on the internet about the town and thought we were going to a quaint street of shops in old historic buildings. Well, got to the town... More 

Thank 42dave2015
Suffolk, Virginia
1 review
Reviewed 1 December 2016

This is a fantastic house museum focusing on the Civil War/Empire time period. Four full stories of beautiful period furnishings with a number of pieces original to the home and some very rare Norfolk furniture pieces that are a treat to be able to view. There is a little for everyone in the family as the third floor is devoted... More 

Thank bethanybtan
El Paso, TX
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Reviewed 12 October 2016

Whether in the immediate Suffolk area or neighboring area, put this place on your itinerary. The admission price (very inexpensive) included a personal hour and a half tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and answered all questions. We thoroughly enjoyed learning about the history of the house, Suffolk, the Civil War etc. This house will bring history to... More 

Thank Hilda1828
Port Charlotte, Florida
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Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Great visit. Our guide was very friendly & knowledgeable. I learned some very interesting facts. Visit the train museum while in the area too.

Thank Pamela A
Suffolk, Virginia
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Reviewed 29 September 2016

This well maintained historical site is an interesting place to visit if you want to know more about historic Suffolk in the 1800's.. Recently a local artist completed gold leaf gilding at selected locations in the interior.

Thank oldhokie702016
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Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Riddick's Folly house is a wonderful place to visit to see historical pieces and architecture. The guides are knowledgeable about the period pieces and history of the house. Very enjoyable experience.

Thank Rita M

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