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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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WORTH THE TRIP!!

Great place to visit for a day trip. The staff was very welcoming and tour guide Heather gave us a... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
bbrust
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
Riddick's Folly is Easy to Locate

This gem is just across the street from the Hilton Hotel. The grounds are lovely and tours are... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
349Charles25
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Alexandria, Virginia
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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510 N Main St, Suffolk, VA 23434-4427
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Great place to visit for a day trip. The staff was very welcoming and tour guide Heather gave us a very informative, engaging and comprehensive tour of this four story gem. The period artifacts, furniture, art and family links to US history and restoration of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This gem is just across the street from the Hilton Hotel. The grounds are lovely and tours are offered. Make sure to check the hours when the house is open. When I visited, the hours were limited.

Thank 349Charles25
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my girlfriend went on the tour our tour guide Heather Brinkley was very knowledgeable and fun to interact with she stayed after to finish giving us the tour we will be returning to take the tour again

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Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

Finally visited after living in Suffolk for 12 years. The house is amazing and the director who gave us our tour was very friendly and knowledgeable! The stories are interesting and fantastic. Highly recommend the visit!

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Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

We were visiting family and wanted to find somewhere with Suffolk history and charm and Riddick Folly House did not disappoint! Lee took us on a 1.5 hours tour (fairly priced) of the 4 story mansion and was able to keep our children who are...More

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Reviewed 29 December 2017

I go on a lot of historic house tours and recently toured the Riddick's Folly House for the first time. I was very impressed with the quality and completeness of this museum. The items that are of the Riddick family are rarely found in such...More

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Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

Anyone rating this place anything less that "excellent" should be ignored. This tour was so well presented - with passion and knowledge all the way. 7 bucks a person for over an hour and a half of profound insight into the home history as well...More

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Reviewed 28 December 2017

Informative tour, beautifully preserved home, and wonderful local charm. This is was a great find! Would recommend this to anyone visiting the Suffolk or Tidewater area. The tour does a great job of telling the Riddick Family history as well as local history of the...More

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Reviewed 21 December 2017

We enjoyed our tour of Riddick's Folly tour immensely. The tour was extensive and very informative. We are so glad to see the mansion restored and maintained. We'll be back.

Thank Ricky L
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Reviewed 19 December 2017

Superbly preserved and a real treat for understanding local Suffolk history. Has the Civil War era dresses of the owner on display as well as original Civil War "graffiti" and maps of the local area. Tour guide was very knowledgeable. Would suggest for families with...More

Thank Olivia T
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