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Bacon's Castle, Surry

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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  • First, be aware of a few facts which come from their web site: It is THE nation's only surviving High Jacobean structure Built in >>1665<< it is the OLDEST brick dwelling in the United States Occupied...  more »
  • Six of us took the free Jamestown-Scotland ferry, bought a $12/senior combo ticket for a guided tour of both Smith's Fort Plantation and Bacon's Castle. The oldest brick dwelling in VA built in 1665 i...  more »
  • Interesting place; tour was enjoyable. Contact ahead of time for hours, tho, as they were not as advertised.  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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