Last updated: 10/27/2016
Surry, Virginia
Street Address
465 Bacon's Castle Trail
Surry, VA 23883
Mailing Address
204 W Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23220
March through December
Friday - Saturday10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday12 PM - 5 PM
**Please Note: Last tour of the day begins at 4 p.m.
Special Summer Hours (Memorial Day till Labor Day)
Monday, Friday - Saturday10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday12 PM - 5 PM
Block Ticket with Smith's Fort Plantation: $12 Adult & $10 Seniors, Students, AAA, & Military
Adults: $8
Seniors (over 55): $6
Military (with ID): $6
Students (): $5
Children under 6: Free
Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Jennifer Hurst-Wender, Director of Museum Operations and Education
phone: 804-648-1889
Joanna Braswell, Site Coordinator
phone: 757-357-5976

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.

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.

Artifact Collections

Bacon's Castle has a few rooms decorated with artifacts representing probate inventories of previous inhabitants. An exhibit room exists which showcases site-found artifacts.

Research Collections

The Site has limited researchable collections and refers scholars to contact the Preservation Virginia Main Office located in Richmond, Virginia.

Educational Programs

Bacon's Castle provides guided school group tours for homeschoolers, 4th through 11th grades and college & university scholars. Programs may align with Virginia SOLs if applicable or focus on customized criteria. We look forward to speaking with you about your needs.


Performance Areas


Bacon's Castle is an official historic property of Preservation Virginia.


The first floor of this historic house museum is handicapped accessible.

Wheelchair Accessible




We offer guided tours, a gift shop, and guided group tours upon private reservation.

Gift Shop

Special Event Rental

Group Tours

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