New Exterior Tours Now Available

Enjoy the summer with our

New exterior cell phone tour!

Bacon’s Castle is the oldest brick dwelling in North America and was built for Arthur Allen and his family in 1665. Originally known as Allen’s Brick House, it 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 a rare example of High Jacobean architecture. 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.

 African American History at Bacon’s Castle

The Black history connected to Bacon’s Castle “is incredibly rich. It is filled with stories of the families that were built under enslavement, the experiences of those who risked their lives to fight against the institution of slavery, and the people who created new lives and tight family units, which grew during the Reconstruction era and into the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.” African American historian and genealogist, Peighton Young,

To read more about Bacon’s Castle’s African American history, Click Here. And for more in-depth information, and primary source material please email us at

We have only begun to study the history of the Black presence here. We aim “to build strong relationships with the descendants of Bacon’s Castle, collect oral histories, and present the individual stories that truly highlight the African American experience at Bacon’s Castle from 1665 to 1972. Moving forward, we hope to continue to be able to provide a detailed context for how these people lived and how they viewed their lives at Bacon’s Castle.”

We value Bacon’s Castle’s African American community’s history and would love for you to be a part of the process of gathering more information about the Black presence at Bacon’s Castle. If you are a descendant of Bacon’s Castle or a member of the community and would like to share your family’s history or your knowledge of the African American history at Bacon’s Castle, please contact us at or 757.357.5976


465 Bacon’s Castle Trail
Surry, VA 23883


Exterior Guided tours available.

Interior tours resume April 2,2021 For Tickets, click here: Bacon’s Castle Tickets

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.


Bacon's Castle Kitchen

Reserve Your Tickets Online

Purchase your tickets here: Bacon’s Castle Tickets

Plan your visit

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. Call for availability 757.357.5976

Guided Interior Tours,  available online or on-site. Click here to reserve your spot: Bacon’s Castle Tickets

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

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


For information on pricing and availability:

Inquire about Bacon’s Castle

Carol Wiedel, Site Coordinator