Ways to enjoy your visit
Self-Guided Cell Phone Tour- Receive an informative site map and explore the grounds following a numbered path. Use your personal cell phone to hear about the site’s history and architecture.
Guided Exterior Walking Tour- 45 minute guided tour of the history and architecture of the site. This is a public, mixed-group outdoor only tour and will require guests to be socially distant from individuals outside of their closed group. Masks are encouraged.
Private Interior Tours, pre-registration only
- Tickets must be purchased on-line advance of arrival.
- 45 minute private guided tour of the interior spaces
- At this time, all interior tours will be private, we cannot guarantee walk-up visitors will be able to receive a tour of the interior of the site.
- Masks are required.
- Closed group size limits of 8 apply.
Pack a lunch and eat at one of our six picnic tables.
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Hours & Directions
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.
Bring a piece of history home
Browse one-of-a-kind gifts and collectibles from our online shop.
Hauntings in the Garden
We invite you to join us for Hauntings in the Garden, our new outdoor Fall Event!
Stroll the decorated grounds and partake of warm cider at the campfire. Wander the garden to find what lurks in the darkness. Follow an interpreter around outside as they entertain you with ghost stories from the past. Visit the tent with folks from the Center for Paranormal Research and Investigation who will be demonstrating their equipment and explaining the findings from their investigations of Bacon’s Castle. Historical costumes are encouraged. Two tour types are available every 30 minutes on October 17th and 24th.
All COVID-19 protocols will be followed including wearing masks and social distancing.
$15 per person includes all outdoor activities, and you can find the link for those tickets here.
$30 per person for a very limited number of tickets, which will also include a 30 minute small group tour of the interior of Bacon’s Castle led by paranormal investigators demonstrating their scientific methods- find those tickets here.Hauntings in the Garden
|Preservation Members||Free (Become a member)|
|AAA, Senior (60+), Military Discount||$9|
|Children under 6||Free|
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Rules & Regulations
For the health and safety of our guests, we’re taking the following precautions as part of re-opening:
Our pledge to you–
We will continuously clean bathroom fixtures, doorknobs and other highly touched surfaces multiple times throughout the day with a deep clean at the close of business.
All of our staff will wear masks and will be trained on appropriate cleaning, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
All of our staff will maintain physical distancing (6 feet) while conducting tours and collecting admissions. Where possible, we have placed reminders to help you maintain that distance.
Each day, all Preservation Virginia staff members will be required to pass a wellness check. Anyone that is sick or exhibiting systems will not be allowed to work that day.
Hand sanitizer will be located throughout the building for guest and staff use.
We will limit the size of groups to maintain physical distancing on interior tours. Tour limits are as follows:
For Smith’s Fort and John Marshall House–groups are limited to six (6) people
For Bacon’s Castle and Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown, groups are limited to eight (8) people
Wherever possible doors will remain open to alleviate the necessity of touching.
Our guidelines do not supersede any directives issued by government entities and will be continuously evaluated and amended as we receive further guidance from the CDC and other agencies.
Your pledge to us–
You will practice the Virginia mandated physical distancing guidelines that have been put into place to protect you, our staff and other guests. This includes maintaining 6 feet of distance and wearing masks are required for interior access, including the museum shop, shuttles and restroom facilities and are recommended outdoors.
You will register for tours online and in advance and use “no touch payment” when possible.
You will refrain from bringing food, water or other items on to the site. If you do, please “leave no trace” and take your trash with you to help protect others from possible exposure to infection.
If you have been exposed to COVID-19, feel sick or have a fever, please stay home, and we look forward to seeing you when you are well