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Bacon's Castle

465 Bacons Castle Trl, Surry, VA 23883-2213
+1 757-357-5976
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Any time self guided tours

We went when they where closed, but this place has push buttons located around the property that... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
moltisantikid
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Slavery After Bacon's Rebellion

Wow did we learn a lot from Ryan our guide. We had no idea slavery began shortly after Bacon's... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
readerboehm
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Strongsville, Ohio
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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 1 week ago via mobile

We went when they where closed, but this place has push buttons located around the property that tell you of the history great place for self guided tours, but I wish we made it there during open hours this place is free to get in...More

Thank moltisantikid
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Bacon's C, Manager at Bacon's Castle, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We are so glad that you visited Bacon's Castle and were able to enjoy the site, even though we were not open. Maybe you will be able to return during our operating hours for a guided tour. As you mentioned, the grounds and cell phone...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wow did we learn a lot from Ryan our guide. We had no idea slavery began shortly after Bacon's Rebellion against the native Americans in 1676. The house and grounds are very interesting with only 3 owners since 1676. You can see original floors,house and...More

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Reviewed May 10, 2018

Excellent interpretive visit with Jordan as our guide. She explained the myriad changes the house had gone through over the years and reasons for them. Especially interesting was the diamond writing on the glass panes and the sketch on one of the walls. Well worth...More

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Reviewed May 5, 2018

Bacon's Castle (not really a castle) home was built in 1665, and is the oldest surviving brick house in Virginia. In 1676, during Bacon's Rebellion, seventy of Nathaniel Bacon's men occupied the house, ate the livestock, and drank all the owners wine, thus the name....More

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Reviewed May 5, 2018

Bacon's Castle built in 1665 is a storied home (not a castle) that spans years of early American history. It is the oldest brick building in the US. What makes it unique is the preservation of the interior of its early state, including paint color...More

Thank 510dele
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Reviewed April 5, 2018 via mobile

Our overall group included kayakers, bikers & hikers. The kayakers & bikers (about 18) were given a tour of the Castle while the walkers (about 20) did a 4 mile hike on farm roads around the Castle. Then the walkers were given a Castle tour...More

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Reviewed April 5, 2018

Our group took a guided tour at Bacon's Castle 4.5.18 given by tour guide Ryan. He was interesting, educational, funny and held our attention for the entire time which is hard to do about any history. The building is absolutely beautiful with Jacobean architectural. It...More

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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

Came to the Williamsburg area specifically to incorporate a visit here into our visit. Did the usual research -- Facebook, Trip Advisor, freebie tourist books. Saw no mention of unusual hours (very limited). Wound up in Surry finding a sign that indicated they were closed....More

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Reviewed March 30, 2018 via mobile

My family has spent the week in Colonial Williamsburg, and we have done all of the historical tours from the colonial triangle that is made up of Jamestown, Yorktown, and Williamsburg. We wanted to try something a little off the beaten path yet not too...More

Thank Heather R
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Reviewed January 21, 2018

This place is very pretty and the gardens are lovely. I definitely recommend a visit here to get away from the crowds at Williamsburg.

Thank amalphiea
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January 7, 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
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Roxann M
July 2, 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.
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March 16, 2016|
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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
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