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A Piece of Land Steeped in American History

If you enjoy early American history, be sure to cross the ferry and visit Smith's Fort Plantation... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Penny0316
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South Carolina
Dating to the days of Powhatan and Pocahontas

The history of this parcel of land dates to 1609, when Captain John Smith built his "New Fort... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Taylor B
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Chicago, Illinois
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Smith's Fort Plantation is nestled on the south side of the James River, located on the site of Captain John Smith's planned "New Fort", on the land given by Chief Powhatan as a dowry for his daughter Pocahontas upon her marriage to John Rolfe. The 18th century manor house retains much of its original woodwork and provides examples of early American and English period furnishings from the late 16th through the early 18th centuries. Built sometime between 1751 and 1765, this story-and-a-half Flemish bond brick house was home to Jacob Faulcon and his family. The name "Smith's Fort Plantation" comes from the fact that John Smith began construction of a second fort on this site in 1608. Smith's Fort offered a strategic location for a retreat fort away from the original settlement, but construction was abandoned early due to starving conditions at the first fort and conflicts with the local Native American tribe. A few years later after the successful union of Pocahontas and John Rolfe, the bride's father, Wahunsenacawh, was the paramount chief of Tsenacommacah (In 1607, the English colonists were introduced to Wahunsenacawh as Powhatan and understood this latter name to come from Powhatan's hometown near the falls of the James River near present-day Richmond, Virginia.), Gave his new son-in-law a grant of this land as a dowry gift. Although the couple never lived on site, their only son, Thomas Rolfe, later returned to Virginia and opened a tobacco plantation on over 400 acres of the property.
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217 Smith Fort Ln, Surry, VA 23883-2910
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Reviewed 3 days ago

If you enjoy early American history, be sure to cross the ferry and visit Smith's Fort Plantation while in Williamsburg. SFP is a peaceful, beautiful location, and the tour of the home is a real treat. At my visit, Tom was our guide, and he...More

Thank Penny0316
Reviewed 1 week ago

The history of this parcel of land dates to 1609, when Captain John Smith built his "New Fort" directly across the James River from the Jamestown colony near Williamsburg, Virginia. The fort was quickly abandoned due to dry rot and a rat infestation.The same land...More

Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited here as a diversion from the better known attractions near Williamsburg. After an enjoyable, free ride across the James River on the Jamestown-Scotland ferry we bought combined tickets to Smith's Fort Plantation and Bacon's Castle for $12 (senior rate). The manor house is...More

Thank VW49
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Found this spot on the way home from Water Country. People here are passionate and knowledgeable about the history of not only this particular property but the land surrounding as well. For $14 for myself and $12 for my daughter who's 8 years old, we...More

Thank vanitynicole
Reviewed 28 May 2017

Excellent off the beaten path. Tour guide was tremendous - very knowledgeable. Learned all about Pochantas and the history of the area. Take the free Surry ferry across from Willamsburg. Definitely worth the side trip.

1  Thank Booboo123340
Reviewed 28 May 2017

The home at Smith's Ford Plantation was purchased and restored by John D. Rockefeller at the time that he was underwriting the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg. The house was actually restored by the same firm that restored Colonial Williamsburg and it definitely shows. The house...More

1  Thank Maggie S
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

We were driving around after the ferry ride and stumbled across this hidden gem. Tom was awesome (I'm 99% sure his name was Tom). We were his last tour after a very busy day and you couldn't tell one bit. Had an answer for every...More

1  Thank kzip79
Reviewed 28 April 2017

You can read reviews of this house elsewhere but please be aware that there is no handicapped entrance into the house, and when you get in there are many stairs and long periods of standing. Also the "necessary", in a dilapidated shed in the garden,...More

2  Thank Yogaphile
Reviewed 17 April 2017

We rode our bikes from Chippokes State Park to the plantation! Very nice paved trail to the Plantation and great views of the James River in the background!

1  Thank Robbie M
Reviewed 19 March 2017

This was one of the best historical tours I've attended. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and personable. It is obvious he is a Virginian and loves this house and it's history. We spent more than two hours here and learned so much history about Pocahontas,...More

1  Thank Bill1690
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