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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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  • The tour is about 45 minutes and could be less than 30. This home is well preserved for it's age although any home this old is bound to have a lot of help to still stand. Not many of the furnishings a...  more »
  • To complete ANY tour of the earliest English settlements in North America, you MUST go to Bacon's Castle and Smith's Fort. This amazing place has survived with about 80% of the original brick from 166...  more »
  • This home is the oldest documented brick home in the United States. The oldest portion was built in 1665 and was witness to Bacon’s rebellion being occupied by his supporters. The home is remarkably p...  more »
  • Absolutely stunning. The staff were so friendly and intelligent. The home had very interesting exhibits and the grounds were preserved nicely. This home is a must-see for any history lover.
  • Great visit. Wonderful grounds. Love the architecture and it made me happy that with the renovations that they are getting done, they are taking every avenue to use materials that are as close to original as possible.
  • Great historical tour and one of the oldest houses in this country. Highly recommend visiting.
  • 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.

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