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Bacon's Castle

465 Bacons Castle Trl, Surry, VA 23883-2213
+1 757-357-5976
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Fantastic Tour

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Alex. The house has a fascinating history and a visit to this... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
New York City, New York

We drove over and took the ferry to Surry. We drove out to the Bacon Castle. It was very... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
David K
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465 Bacons Castle Trl, Surry, VA 23883-2213
+1 757-357-5976
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Reviewed 3 days ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove over and took the ferry to Surry. We drove out to the Bacon Castle. It was very interesting. I is said to be the first brick house in the USA. It has a building that was the slaves quarters. Just a very interesting...More

Thank David K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a fascinating house made more enjoyable by our tour guide, Ryan. Not only was he knowledgeable but also considerate in that he provided two chairs so that we two "wrinklies" could sit where possible. He was also patient as we laboriously ascended and...More

1  Thank Yogaphile
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The house was very interesting and made even more so by our knowledge guide Ryan. Definitely worth a visit!

Thank Gene B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This manor house is out in the middle of nowhere and the first tour doesn't start until 10:45 as they are allowing for people to get there from the ferry. Currently the original part of the house is covered in scaffolding as they are replacing...More

Thank jehenson81
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Visited 4/15/17. Had an outstanding your guide, highly knowledgeable, well-spoken, and easy-going, believe her name was Alex. Recommend a visit, I learned a ton and the grounds and structure are beautiful.

Thank LisaMarshall23454
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Beautiful structure. Open only on weekends - off the beaten path, but worth the drive. It is the oldest surviving brick building in the Historic area - which Wlliamsburg cannot claim.

Thank mdfstephens2017
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Stopped in on the way to Smithfield. The grounds and structures are quite interesting and full of historical information. The staff are very knowledgeable and very courteous. If you are an American history buff, this is a must see place. The Traveling Fireman rates this...More

1  Thank Demian I
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Well run site. Enjoyed the tour. Tour is much improved from back 6 years ago. Take some time to explore the outer buildings and gardens while you are there.

Reviewed 12 February 2017

Bacon's Castle simply oozes with history. Built in 1665, it is the oldest brick dwelling in the United States. It is the nation's only surviving High Jacobean structure. It also features the oldest English formal garden in North America. And its slave quarters date to...More

1  Thank Taylor B
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Hi there! I am wondering if there is a musty smell at the house since it is so old. I am traveling with asthmatics who will have to sit out areas with a damp, musty smell. For reference, last year we toured Berkeley Plantation and the tour was fine for the asthmatics up until the point we were led into a basement for a movie. Thanks for any information you can provide!
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
what is the entrance fee to visit the castle??
2 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.
Sadly, we will be in Surry during the week on our vacation, not on the weekend, so will not be able to take a tour. But I would like to show my kiddos at least the outside of the house. Can you see the house from the ferry or from the road?
16 March 2016|
Response from Douglas W. R |
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