In a 45-minute tour guided by one of our trained interpreters, you’ll learn about the lives of the families who made Bacon’s Castle home. Engage with fellow visitors and discuss Bacon’s Rebellion and the ways that uprising set the stage for further conflict in early America. Make sure you ask about the love letter delicately inscribed in one of the windows.
[Guided Interior Tours Return July, 2020]
Self-Guided Tour of Bacon’s Castle
Walk through our exhibit space and explore the grounds and outbuildings, including the 1830 slave dwelling, a smokehouse and both 18th- and 20th-century barns.
17th-century English Formal Gardens
Stroll through the garden and see what’s in bloom! After extensive archaeological surveys and research sponsored by the Garden Club of Virginia, the garden at Bacon’s Castle has been restored and planted with heirloom flowers and plants.
Pack a lunch and eat at one of our six picnic tables.
Hours & Directions
Bacon’s Castle is now open Friday through Monday for interior tours. You must select your tour time and purchase tickets online before arriving at the site. The grounds are also available for self-guided exterior tours. Social distancing must be maintained and masks are required for interior tours.
Preservation Virginia Members can call ahead to book their tours for free, a benefit of membership! Contact 757.357.3486.
March 1, 2020 through December 29, 2020, pending Covid-19 updates
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Memorial Day – Labor Day: Monday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
|Preservation Members||Free (Become a member)|
|AAA, Senior (60+), Military Discount||$9|
|Children under 6||Free|
Buy a Block Ticket to visit Bacon’s Castle and Smith’s Fort for one special price, $14!
Call ahead and reserve a special discounted rate for groups of ten or more.
Donate to Bacon’s Castle
Site Rental & Special Events
Meeting Space: Rent Bacon’s Castle for your small group meetings and events. Pricing starts at $100 per hour.
Special Events: Rent our grounds for your special occasion. Pricing starts at $50 per hour.
Group Tour Bookings
Surry County is a small town packed with historical significance. Plan a day trip to explore Bacon’s Castle and Smith’s Fort.
Group tours are available by arrangements made no less than one week in advance of the visit.
Bacon's Castle is a partner of the American Evolution 2019 Commemoration
AMERICAN EVOLUTION™ commemorates the 400th anniversary of several key historical events that occurred in Virginia in 1619 that continue to influence America today, including the first representative legislative assembly in the New World, the arrival of the first recorded enslaved Africans to English North America and the recruitment of English women in significant numbers.