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Bacon's Castle

465 Bacons Castle Trl, Surry, VA 23883-2213
+1 757-357-5976
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Beautiful house

My husband and I visited on Labor Day. The house and the history is pretty amazing. It is the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Robin C
Chesapeake, Virginia
via mobile
Fascinating Tour

If you are visiting Williamsburg and looking for something off the beaten path, I highly recommend... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
South Carolina
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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 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I visited on Labor Day. The house and the history is pretty amazing. It is the oldest brick house in the english-speaking Americas. Just amazing.

Thank Robin C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are visiting Williamsburg and looking for something off the beaten path, I highly recommend an excursion to Bacon's Castle across the ferry in Surry. The home has a fascinating history, and the extensive tour covers the entire span of that history. I hope...More

Thank Penny0316
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Great tour provided as part of the entrance cost which is $10 for an adult. As well as the history of the family there is also some further insight into the conflicts of the late 18th Century in which this house played an important part....More

Thank Ray P
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

I went to Bacons Castle with my husband and 2 kids (ages 3 and 5). The best part of the tour was our tour guide, Alex! She did an excellent job of keeping the tour interesting for adults and entertaining for the kids. My 5...More

Thank kswan808
Reviewed 9 August 2017

On our visit to nearby Smith's Fort Plantation, we purchased the $12 senior block tickets which included entrance to Bacon's Castle. The Castle being the oldest brick dwelling in North America is quite interesting with many rooms to visit. The guided tour was very good...More

Thank VW49
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

Stumbled on this place by accident. If you stop by Smith's Fort Plantation like we did, they offer a combination ticket for $14 that includes a guided tour of the two. Good little history lesson, as the staff are knowledgeable and passionate about the properties....More

Thank vanitynicole
Reviewed 5 July 2017

Didn't get to go in, but looked very interesting. Loved Surry Island. Want to go back, and spend more time.

Thank sgartner46
Reviewed 29 May 2017

We took this tour while staying in Williamsburg across the river. Imagine standing in a building circa 1665. Tremendous history and the tour was excellent. The people could not have been nicer. Would definitely recommend. Probably 90-120 minutes in total including a 45-60 minute tour....More

2  Thank Booboo123340
Reviewed 29 May 2017

Bacon's Castle is one of only three examples of Jacobean architecture in the Western Hemisphere. It is thoroughly fascinating place to visit and was well worth the trip out from central Surry. We took the ferry over from Jamestown and it really was a quick...More

1  Thank Maggie S
Reviewed 20 May 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Alex. The house has a fascinating history and a visit to this historic site is a fun day outing while visiting Colonial Williamsburg.

Thank jb642015
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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
Roxann M
3 July 2016|
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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.
17 March 2016|
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