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Smith’s Fort Plantation

ca. 1761
217 Smith Fort Lane, Surry, VA 23883


Explore Smith's Fort Plantation 

Smith's Fort Plantation, located on the site of Captain John Smith's planned "New Fort," is the first stop on the south side of the James River. The land was given by Chief Wahunsenacawh (Powhatan) as a dowry for his daughter Pocahontas upon her marriage to John Rolfe. The 18th century manor house retains much of its original woodwork and provides examples of early American and English period furnishings. 

Plan Your Visit

  • Guided Tour: 45 minutes, interpreters discuss the lives and legacy of John Smith, John Rolfe, Pocahontas and Chief Wahunsenacawh (Powhatan). 
  • Self-guided tour of Smith's Fort: 15 minutes for self-guided tour of the earthworks that make up what remains of the fort site partially completed by John Smith in 1609. 
  • Museum Store: Books and souvenirs available for purchase. 

Visit the area! Bacon's Castle is a short car ride from Smith's Fort Plantation and Historic Jamestowne can be reached by ferry for free. 

Preservation is in action at Smith's Fort Plantation!

We're thrilled to be getting a new roof over the next few weeks. We'll still be open during our regular hours, but there will be scaffolding set up as the project progresses. Come by and see preservation in action!

Visitor Information


Hours: March 2, 2018 through December 30, 2018

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.

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 with Bacon's Castle: $14

Group Tours:

Friday through Sunday groups of ten or more are charged at a rate of $7.00 per adult and $6.00 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, 13-25 visitors: $200, and so on. Group tours are available at any time by arrangements made no less than one week in advance of the visit. 

Are you a tour bus operator? Click here to see how we can accomodate your next tour in Surry County!

Site Event Rental:

Garden Rental: $50 per hour.
Open House Tours: $100 per hour (during hours not regularly open to the public)
Grounds Rental: $50 per hour.
Meeting space and Interior Rental: $100 per hour (during hours not regularly open to the public). To utilize the interior of Smith's Fort Plantation exclusively for your event during regularly open hours, an additional fee of $200 per hour will be charged. 


Post Office Box 240
Surry, Virginia 23883

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