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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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  • October 2, 2017
    If you are visiting Williamsburg, Jamestown, etc., I highly recommend a trip to Bacon's Castle. How many times do you get to visit a house in this country more than 350 years old?! We took the ferry f...  more »
  • September 4, 2017
    My husband and I visited on Labor Day. The house and the history is pretty amazing. It is the oldest brick house in the english-speaking Americas. Just amazing.  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    If you are visiting Williamsburg and looking for something off the beaten path, I highly recommend an excursion to Bacon's Castle across the ferry in Surry. The home has a fascinating history, and the...  more »
  • July 5, 2017
    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.
  • June 20, 2017
    Cool tour of historic home. Distinctive architecture. Good docent.
  • February 24, 2017
    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.
  • July 7, 2017
    Earliest history of the original English settlers, with one of Bacon's descendants as docent!
  • July 7, 2017
    Very informative, incredibly well preserved.

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