Bacon’s Castle is the oldest brick dwelling in North America and was once the home of Arthur Allen, a prosperous merchant and planter, and his family. Allen’s Brick House earned the moniker “Bacon’s Castle” in 1676 when several of Nathaniel Bacon’s men occupied the home for four months during the uprising that became known as Bacon’s Rebellion.

Bacon’s Castle is an example of High Jacobean architecture and notable for its stunning triple stacked chimneys. The home features a reconstructed 17th-century English formal garden restored by the Garden Club of Virginia. Several outbuildings also survive, including an 1830 slave dwelling.

Preservation Virginia acquired Bacon’s Castle in the 1970’s at auction and meticulously researched, restored and furnished the house in the 1980’s.


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.

  • If you have underlying health concerns and are not able to wear a mask, please contact our sites to learn of special visiting hours specifically for you and your family.

  • 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.


465 Bacon’s Castle Trail
Surry, VA 23883


Beginning on June 12th, Bacon’s Castle will open Friday through Monday for self-guided exterior tours. No reservations are required to participate in the grounds tour, though social distancing must be maintained and masks are recommended. Admission to the grounds will be $5 per person or $10 per car.

We will be offering a limited number of guided exterior walking tours: $10 for adults, $9 discounted admission (AAA), $8 for children and students, members visit for free. Call ahead to our Museum Shop at 757.357.3486 to check the availability of these tours.

Bacon’s Castle is typically open March through December

(closed to the general public in January and February)

Fri and Sat: 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.

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Visit Bacon’s Castle to experience the charm and grandeur of the oldest brick dwelling in North America.

Plan your visit

Guided Tour

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.

Picnic Area

Pack a lunch and eat at one of our six picnic tables.

Jamestown-Scotland Ferry

You can hop on the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry for free to visit Preservation Virginia’s Historic Jamestowne or take a short car ride to Smith’s Fort Plantation.

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 MembersFree (Become a member)
General Admission$10
AAA, Senior (60+), Military Discount$9
Children under 6Free


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.


For information on pricing and availability:

Inquire about Bacon’s Castle

Carol Wiedel, Site Coordinator

Tours & Site Rental

Bacon’s Castle is a beautifully restored 17th century plantation home located in scenic Surry County, Virginia and a short ferry ride from the Historic Triangle. Make your event truly special with our unique blend of colonial Virginia architecture, history and beautifully restored English formal garden.

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.



For information on pricing and availability:

Inquire about Bacon’s Castle

Carol Wiedel, Site Coordinator

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.