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Bacon's Castle, Surry

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Must see · Architectural Building · Historic Site
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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  • During a day trip to the Hampton Roads area I decided to stop by this place. Took a chance during the pandemic on whether this place was open. The day I went, found out you had to prearrange an...  more »
  • What a great educational experience. Megan was our guide and did a fantastic job giving us the history and other insights to this historical property. She explained with wonderful detail as to the...  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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