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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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Architectural and Historical Gem

Having a background in Architecture, I was thrilled to visit such a well restored and well kept... read more

Reviewed 3 November 2017
Babs B
New Orleans, Louisiana
Riddick's Folley is a must see for the history or civil war buff

It is both an architectural treasure of the Federal period, and an opportunity to see 1840's... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2017
James W
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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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“period pieces” (2 reviews)
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Hours Today: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
510 N Main St, Suffolk, VA 23434-4427
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Reviewed 3 November 2017

Having a background in Architecture, I was thrilled to visit such a well restored and well kept historical home that showcases pieces from it's original era that give us insight to the daily lives of generations before us who lived in the home. A must...More

Thank Babs B
Reviewed 30 October 2017

It is both an architectural treasure of the Federal period, and an opportunity to see 1840's lifestyle along with the impact of the Civil War on citizens. Of equal interest is the story of the restoral of the building and reacquisition of family art, silver...More

Thank James W
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

Edward Lee King, who is the curator of Riddick’s Folly, gave us the most in-depth Museum tour we have ever been on. There have been many period pieces collected to fill out the rooms along with original Riddick’s pieces. There are many letters from the...More

Thank traveltime3
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

Mr. King, our guide, was so informative, excited, and interesting. His genuine love and devotion to preserving Riddick's Folly was so evident. The house and its contents are priceless. I saw and heard things I never knew about. I highly recommend a visit.

Thank Sara W
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Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

Nicely furnished home with many authentic pieces. Ladies historical dresses were impressive. Tour guide (Susan) was very friendly & knowledgeable.

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Reviewed 13 September 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed the tour of the Riddick House (all 4 floors)! Mr. Lee King was a most enthusiastic, entertaining and knowledgeable tour guide. I believe we could have asked him "any" question, and he would've had the answer! He even impressed us by quoting an...More

Thank Joyce C
Reviewed 1 September 2017

Mr. King is an amazing guide with a wealth of knowledge about the house, the family and the era. He's incredibly nice too! We had so a great time touring the house with him that I couldn't believe how much time we spent there -...More

Thank Angela S
Reviewed 12 August 2017

Had to visit here whilst in the area and after a stop at the visitor centre we moved next door to enjoy the afternoon at Riddick's Folly. As we were the the only visitors we were able to enjoy a personal tour of the building...More

Thank Ray P
Reviewed 24 July 2017

My wife and I planned a visit to Suffolk just to see the Riddick House. Our tour started at 10:00 and we were delighted the whole time. Would love to go back again in the future.

Thank Todd R
Reviewed 19 May 2017 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...More

Thank Jk3750
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