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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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  • If you go here, I highly recommend the house tour, which takes about an hour. The guide for my tour yesterday (November 29th) was absolutely excellent- she was engaging and had a great sense of humor....  more »
  • If you love history this is a must! The tour guide was very knowledgeable and better yet very enthusiastic in her presentation. It is in a rural area, but there is an excellent seafood restaurant...  more »
  • This place is amazing! How often do you get to visit such an old home like this? The architecture is beautiful. We had the most amazing tour guide who is a desendent of the original owner of the house! He was very interesting and made the tour very pleasant. If you haven't visited Bacon's Castle you definitely should. You won't regret it.
  • The drive is part of the adventure. The house is impressive and the employees are passionate about its history and preservation. Super fun experience!

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