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Riddick's Folly House Museum, Suffolk

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Must see · Historic Site · Tourist Spot
While Mills Riddick's contemporaries may have mocked his Greek Revival home when it was built in 1837, the house now stands as a beautiful reminder of the past.

The impressive structure is situated on North Main Street and features striking architectural details. The five frieze band windows across the front of the house are rarely seen in eastern Virginia. The front of the mansion is bricked in Flemish bond, and double chimneys rise from both ends of the stately historic landmark. Slender columns of the Greek Revival period frame the main entrance. The interior showcases intricately carved moldings and elaborate ceiling medallions throughout the house.

Riddick's Folly has four floors, twenty-one rooms, and sixteen fireplaces. All four floors are open to the public. The building features elegantly furnished double parlors, a gentlemen's library, and adult and children's bedchambers. Also open are the laundry and dining rooms, and our newest restoration project, the kitchen.

Registered with the Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission and the National Register of Historic Places. During the Civil War, Riddick’s Folly served as headquarters for the Union Army.


Adults / $7

Military / $6

Seniors 55 & older / $6

Students 18 & under / $3

Children 5 & under free
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  • A great historical tour of Suffolk through the lens of a family and home in the civil war era. Very well curated with original art and pieces. The tour guide was very personable and knowledgeable...  more »
  • Beautiful home in downtown Suffolk filled with history. The gentleman who runs the place is filled with knowledge about the Riddick family and the history of the area. He is a very engaging...  more »
  • Mr. Lee was an excellent tour guide. His sweet spirit and gentle sense of humor kept my boys and I interested and happy. We loved learning all about the Riddock family and the stories of what it was like during the Civil War. Amazing history that you can visible see. I highly recommend this tour. My boys are ages 8, 10, and 11. They knew not to touch anything unless Mr. Lee told them they could. And Mr. Lee kept them engaged and interested.
  • Best tour ever! We have toured historical sites all over the country and this is by far the best one ever. Our gide was AMAZING. He has made this home so historically accurate and has put his whole heart into the preservation of this site. A must see!

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