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Bacon's Castle, Surry

#37 of 152 in Historic Sites in Virginia
Architectural Building Historic Site
Built in 1665, Bacon’s Castle is the oldest standing brick dwelling in the United States and was originally home to prosperous merchant and planter, Arthur Allen. In 1676, Allen was driven from his home by followers of Nathaniel Bacon, whose uprising later came to be known as Bacon’s Rebellion, for which Bacon’s Castle is now known.

Preservation Virginia acquired Bacon’s Castle in 1974 and after extensive research and restoration, opened the house to the public in 1983.

The site is open from March to December.
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  • 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 entertain...  more »
  • 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 quit...  more »
  • 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 t...  more »
  • A unique experience touring one of the oldest residential brick dwellings in North America. Well worth the visit off the beaten path. Take the ferry, enjoy the ride.
  • Cool tour of historic home. Distinctive architecture. Good docent.
  • Wonderful tour, if the staff isn't sure of something they will find out the answer before you leave. They are extremely knowledgeable and friendly.
  • Earliest history of the original English settlers, with one of Bacon's descendants as docent!
  • Very informative, incredibly well preserved.

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