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Smith’s Fort Plantation

ca. 1761
217 Smith Fort Lane, Surry, VA 23883

Smith's Fort Plantation

Nestled on the south side of the James River, Smith's Fort Plantation offers a quiet refuge from the bustle of everyday life. Built sometime between 1751 and 1765, this story-and-a-half brick house is laid in Flemish bond and was home to Jacob Faulcon and his family. A gabled roof is accented with dormer windows. The house retains much of the original pine interior paneling and woodwork.

The name "Smith's Fort Plantation" comes from the fact that John Smith began construction of a second fort on this site in 1608. Located directly across from Historic Jamestown on Gray's Creek, Smith's Fort offered a strategic location for a retreat fort away from the original settlement. However, construction was abandoned early on due to starvation conditions at the first fort and continuing violent conflicts with the local Native American tribe.  A few years later after the successful union of Pocahontas and John Rolfe, the bride's father, Chief of the Powhatan Confederation, gave his new son-in-law, a grant of this land as a dowry gift. Although the couple never lived on site, their only son, the English reared, Thomas Rolfe, later returned to Virginia and operated a tobacco plantation on over 400 acres of the property. 

Preservation Virginia acquired Smith's Fort Plantation from the John D. Rockefeller Foundation in 1933.  It has been fully restored and boasts a fine collection of colonial English and early American furnishings. Today, visitors can see the site of the proposed retreat fort, the manor house, and its small garden maintained by the Garden Club of Virginia. 


Visitor Information



Friday: 10am to 5pm

Saturday: 10am to 5pm

Sunday: 12 to 5pm

Monday: 10am to 5pm


Special Summer Hours (Memorial Day till Labor Day)

Friday: 10am to 5pm

Saturday: 10am to 5pm

Sunday: 12-5pm

Monday: 10am to 5pm


Also open by Appt.  Please call 757-294-3872  in advance to schedule a special tour. 


Members: Free (Become a Member)
General Admission: $8
Senior Citizens: $6
AAA Members: $7
Students: $5
Children Under 6: Free
Block Tickets (w/ Bacon's Castle):

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.


Post Office Box 240
Surry, Virginia 23883

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