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Smith's Fort Plantation, Surry

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Smith's Fort Plantation is a house and parcel of land located in Surry County, Virginia, United States. The current main house on the property, also known as the Faulcon House, dates from 1751. The house has been an example for numerous twentieth century reproductions. It is also known as Warren House and Rolfe-Warren House.
The plantation received its name because it was the location of Captain John Smith's "New Fort," built in 1609, located directly across the James River from the Jamestown colony. The fort was quickly abandoned due to dry rot and a rat infestation. The same land was later given by Chief Powhatan to John Rolfe as a dowry for the hand of Pocahontas when Rolfe and Pocahontas married. Archaeological surveys of the property have revealed that a number of structures have existed on the property and the present, restored main house was built by Jacob Faulcon in 1751.
The property and current house was acquired by Preservation Virginia (formerly known as the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities) in 1933 after undergoing restoration funded by John D. Rockefeller, Jr.. It is currently open as a museum with furnishings from the late 16th through the early 18th centuries. The property serves as a host to the annual Old Virginia Christmas-Festival of Crafts.
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  • What a great place and so full of history! Wonderful staff, so full of knowledge! Highly recommend! It fun to take the ferry across as well!  more »
  • Beautiful restored gem of history. Tom gave an excellent presentation. A wonderful collection of furniture, dishes, and family life on a historic plantation. The explanation of Pocahontas and John Rol...  more »
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  • Extremely interesting. Pam did an excellent job of presenting the facts as well as adding color with extra tidbits of information. Tom also had some important additions to the conversation. So glad that we found out about Smith's Fort Plantation in a brochure we picked-up at a rest stop.
  • Beautiful historic home in Surrey county Virginia gifted to Pocahontas and John Rolfe as a wedding gift

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