Patrick Henry's Scotchtown
Patrick Henry's Scotchtown is closed for interior tours until spring 2021
Beginning Friday, December 11, Bacon’s Castle, Smith’s Fort, Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown, the John Marshall House and Cape Henry Lighthouse will close for the 2020 season.
With COVID-19 numbers and positivity rates steadily rising in Virginia and in abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of our guests and staff, Preservation Virginia has made the difficult decision to cease guided tours of five of our historic sites.
We wish you and your family a healthy and safe New Year and the best this winter. We look forward to seeing you in person again in 2021.
Ways to enjoy your visit in the off season:
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.
Pack a lunch and eat under our covered pavilion. We have 12 picnic tables. Recharge your phone while you eat; electrical outlets are available.VISITOR INFO
Hours & Directions
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. Admission to the grounds will be $5 per person or $10 per car.
Interior tours will resume in the spring of 2021
Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 11 p.m. to 5 p.m
African American History at Scotchtown
We value Scotchtown’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 Scotchtown. If you are a descendant of Scotchtown or a member of the community and would like to share your family’s history or your knowledge of the African American history at Scotchtown, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 804.227.3500
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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.
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