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Bacon’s Castle

ca. 1665
465 Bacon's Castle Trail, Surry, VA 23883

Bacon's Castle

Bacon’s Castle:

  • The nation's only surviving High Jacobean structure

  • Built in 1665, it is the oldest brick dwelling in the United States

  • Occupied during the political uprising in 1676, led by Nathaniel Bacon

  • Oldest English formal garden in North America.

Tour the Castle, the 17th century English formal gardens restored by the Garden Club of Virginia, and our surviving vernacular buildings including an 1830s Slave Quarter.

Bacon’s Castle was originally home to a prosperous planter, Arthur Allen, and his family. Following Allen’s death, the house was inherited by his son, Major Arthur Allen II. A loyalist supporter of the colonial government and member of the House of Burgesses, Major Allen was driven from his house in 1676 by followers of the patriot rebel Nathaniel Bacon, whose uprising later came to be known as Bacon’s Rebellion. The episode later gave Bacon’s Castle its name though the house remained in the Allen family until 1844.

A highlight of any visit to Bacon’s Castle is a stop at the 17th century garden to see what is in bloom. This reconstructed garden replicates what was on site during the lifetime of Arthur Allen and his son. The design is based on archeological evidence as well as a careful study of surviving documents. The project was generously sponsored by the Garden Club of Virginia.

Preservation Virginia acquired Bacon’s Castle in the 1970s. After extensive research and restoration, the house was opened to the public in 1983. Throughout the season, Bacon’s Castle hosts many special events for families as well as academic symposiums and hands-on workshops. On weekends, visitors to the house can enjoy a guided tour of the interior of the house, a self-guided tour of the grounds, outbuildings, gardens, or browse the museum store. A cell phone tour is available dawn to dusk on days when the site is not open to the public. 


Thanks to Peter Post and his restoration team, the new Nootka Cypress roof is finished! We can't thank our generous friends and partners enough for being by our side during this time in Bacon's Castle's history. See it for yourself by planning your next visit to the Castle now.

Visitor Information


Hours: March 3, 2017 through December 30, 2017

Bacon's Castle will be closed on Christmas Eve.

Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

**Please Note: Last tour of the day begins at 4 p.m.


Special Summer Hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day)

Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Monday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Preservation Virginia Members: Free (Become a Member)
General Admission: $10
AAA Members, Military and Senior Citizens (60+): $9
Students: $7
Children Under 6: Free

Block Tickets (w/ Smith's Fort Plantation):

General Admission $14; Senior Citizens $12


Group Tours:

Friday through Sunday groups of ten or more are charged at a rate of $7.00 per adult and $6 per youth. Monday (Tuesday during Special Summer Hours) through Thursday general tours for up to twelve people are $100 per hour, and any additional visitors increase the price in intervals: 1-12 visitors: $100 per hour, 13-25 visitors: $200 per hour, and so on. Group tours are available at any time by arrangements made no less than one week in advance of the visit.


Site Event Rental:

Garden Rental: $100 per hour. Open House Tours: $100 per hour (during hours not regularly open to the public). Grounds Rental: $50 per hour. Meeting Space Rental in 1854 Wing: $100 per hour. Interior Rental: $200 per hour (during hours not regularly open to the public). To utilize the interior of Bacon's Castle exclusively for your event during regularly open hours, an additional fee of $200 per hour will be charged. 


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