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Bacon’s Castle

ca. 1665
465 Bacon's Castle Trail, Surry, VA 23883

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Take a Tour of Arthur Allen's Brickhouse

Bacon’s Castle is the oldest brick dwelling in North America and was once home to prosperous merchant and planter, Arthur Allen, and his family. The home features 17th century English formal gardens restored by the Garden Club of Virginia and outbuildings, including an 1830s slave quarter. Tours include information about the Allen family and Bacon’s Rebellion, the political uprising that Bacon’s Castle is named after. 


Plan Your Visit

  • Guided Tour: 45 minutes, interpreters cover Bacon’s Rebellion and the lives and legacy of the families that lived at Bacon’s Castle. ADA accessible first floor.
  • Self-guided Tour: 30 minutes for self-guided tour of exhibit room and work yard, including smoke house, slave quarter and various 18th-20th century barns.
  • Oldest Formal Garden in North America: 1.5 acre footprint of the 17th century garden space planted with heirloom varieties of flowers and vegetables.
  • Picnic Area: 6 picnic tables seat 30+ people.
  • Community Meeting Space: Indoor space available for smaller groups of up to 35 people.

Visit the area! Smith's Fort Plantation is a short car ride from Bacon's Castle and Historic Jamestowne can be reached by ferry for free. 


Check out our upcoming Historic Garden Week events!

  • April 21: Garden Talk with James River Institute for Archaeology
    Archaeologist Nick Luccketti from the James River Institute for Archaeology will host a talk about the 1980s investigation that led to the discovery of our 17th century English formal garden. Click here to purchase your tickets!
  • April 28: Garden Gathering 
    Our gardeners will be present all day to answer your gardening questions and we'll be hosting a seed saving talk in the garden at 2:00 p.m. Learn more!

Visitor Information

Hours

Hours: March 2, 2018 through December 30, 2018

Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Please note: Last tour of the day begins at 4 p.m.

Special Summer Hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day)

Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Monday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Admission

Preservation Virginia Members: Free (Become a Member)
General Admission: $10
AAA Members, Military and Senior Citizens (60+): $9
Students: $7
Children Under 6: Free
 

Block Ticket with Smith's Fort Plantation: $14


Group Tours:

Friday through Sunday groups of ten or more are charged at a rate of $7.00 per adult and $6 per youth. Monday (Tuesday during Special Summer Hours) through Thursday general tours for up to twelve people are $100 per hour, and any additional visitors increase the price in intervals: 1-12 visitors: $100 per hour, 13-25 visitors: $200 per hour, and so on. Group tours are available at any time by arrangements made no less than one week in advance of the visit.

Are you a tour bus operator? Click here to see how we can accomodate your next tour in Surry County!


Site Event Rental:

Garden Rental: $100 per hour.
Open House Tours: $100 per hour (during hours not regularly open to the public).
Grounds Rental: $50 per hour. Meeting Space Rental in 1854 Wing: $100 per hour.
Interior Rental: $200 per hour (during hours not regularly open to the public). To utilize the interior of Bacon's Castle exclusively for your event during regularly open hours, an additional fee of $200 per hour will be charged. 

Contact

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757-357-5976