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Bacon’s Castle

ca. 1665
465 Bacon's Castle Trail, Surry, VA 23883

Bacon's Castle

Bacon's Castle is an architectural gem featuring distinctive triple-stacked chimneys and curved Flemish gables. One of only three surviving high-style Jacobean structures in Western Hemisphere; it is the oldest datable brick house in Virginia. Built in 1665, Bacon's Castle affords visitors a rare opportunity to step back in time into the 17th century.

Bacon's Castle was originally home to a prosperous planter, Arthur Allen, and his family. Following Allen's death the house was inherited by his son, known as Major Allen. A loyalist supporter of the colonial government and member of the House of Burgesses, Major Allen was driven from his house in 1676 by followers of the patriot rebel Nathaniel Bacon, whose uprising later came to be known as Bacon's Rebellion. The episode later gave Bacon's Castle its name though the house remained in the Allen family until 1844. The plantation was actively farmed into the 20th century.

A highlight of any visit to Bacon's Castle is a stop at the 17th-century garden to see what is in bloom. This reconstructed garden replicates what was on site during the lifetime of Arthur Allen and his son. The design is based on archaeological evidence as well as a careful study of surviving documents. The project was generously sponsored and tended by the Garden Club of Virginia.

Preservation Virginia acquired Bacon's Castle from the estate of the last private owners of the house during the 1970s. After an extensive research and restoration effort, the house was opened to the public in 1983. The house was closed again in 2011 for a year of further research and interpretive planning. Throughout the season, Bacons’ Castle hosts many special events for families and as well as academic symposiums and hands-on workshops.  On weekends, visitors to the house can enjoy a guided tour of the interior of the house as well as a self-guided tour of the grounds, outbuildings, restored 17th-century gardens, also a museum store and picnic tables. A cell phone tour is available dawn to dusk on days when the site is not open to the public.


Visitor Information




Friday: 10am to 5pm

Saturday: 10am to 5pm

Sunday: 12-5pm


Last tour of the day begins at 4 p.m.


Special Summer Hours (Memorial Day till Labor Day)

Friday: 10am to 5pm

Saturday: 10am to 5pm

Sunday: 12-5pm

Monday: 10am to 5pm


Preservation Virginia Members: Free (Become a Member)
General Admission: $8
Senior Citizens: $6
AAA Members: $7
Students: $5
Children Under 6: Free
Block Tickets (w/ Smith's Fort Plantation):

General Admission $12; Senior Citizens $10

Group Tours:

Groups of ten or more are charged at a rate of $5.00 per person. Group tours are available at any time by arrangements made no less than one week in advance of the visit. The minimum charge for groups on non-scheduled open days is $100.


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