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Bacon's Castle, Surry

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Bacon's Castle, also variously known as "Allen's Brick House" or the "Arthur Allen House" is located in Surry County, Virginia, United States, and is the oldest documented brick dwelling in what is now the United States. Built in 1665, it is noted as an extremely rare example of Jacobean architecture in the New World.

The house became known as "Bacon's Castle" because it was occupied as a fort or "castle" by the followers of Nathaniel Bacon during Bacon's Rebellion in 1676. However, contrary to popular folklore, Bacon never lived at Bacon's Castle, nor is he even known to have visited it.

Today Bacon's Castle is an historic house museum and historic site open for guest visitation. Bacon's Castle is an official Preservation Virginia historic site and operates under its 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit status.
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  • This historical site has a great guided tour. 4 floors to include the basement. We learned all about the historical Bacon's rebellion and that the Allen family was moved out of the house by the... 
    This historical site has a great guided tour. 4 floors to include the basement. We learned all about the historical Bacon's rebellion and that the Allen family was moved out of the house by the...  more »
  • I very much enjoy touring historical homes and buildings. Being mobility impaired, I am often unable to navigate stairs and walk long distances. While there are three floors viewed as part of the... 
    I very much enjoy touring historical homes and buildings. Being mobility impaired, I am often unable to navigate stairs and walk long distances. While there are three floors viewed as part of the...  more »
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  • Our tour guide was so informative. If you love history and enjoy not only learning but actually seeing the past, this is a place to visit. We toured the whole house and we were provided detailed accounts about the significance of each room. The house is well preserved and contains really cool artifacts.
  • Won't to a small craft and reenactment gaiter at the castle today. Tried some message that was locally made (yum) and watched a few "knights" take some swings at each other. Nicer day!

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