Dates to Keep in Mind:

Feb. 10 Romance at the Castle Wine Pairing -
May 4 - Historic Garden Week Garden Party
May 12 Mother's Day - Special gift for moms
Oct 12 and 26 -Haunt Night
Nov 2 - Guy Fawkes Day.

For Information: 757-357-5976

Diamond-Etched Love Poem
Our historic love poem written by Emmett Robinson to his wife Indianna Allen Henley Robinson, the last of the Allen decendents that lived at Bacon's Castle, has been restored. The etching is dated Sept. 1840.

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Restored Window
with etched Love Poem
from Emmett Robinson

Restored window with etched poem
Harry Kollatz Jr. reading the poem at the media unveiling

Other etched windows to see at the Castle







(Left) Harry Kollatz Jr. reads the Emmett Robinson poem at the Media Unveiling on Feb. 2, 2016.

Reproduction of the Emmett Robinson poem. Download a pdf.

Certificate of Recognition
from the state of Virginia on
Bacon's Castle 350th Anniversary.

Visit the Oldest in Virginia - Bacon's Castle built in 1665. from Todd Ballance on Vimeo.

Bacon's Castle Christmas from Smellycat Productions LLC on Vimeo.

Bacon's Castle

The Castle, or Arthur Allen’s Brick House, (named after Arthur Allen, who built the structure in 1665) is the only surviving example of Jacobean architecture in North America and the oldest existing brick dwelling in Virginia. Its name is derived from the fortified role it played in Bacon's Rebellion. The 17th century garden may be the earliest found in North America.

Paranormal Phenomenon
The castle's most notable phenomenon is a mysterious fireball. Somewhere between the garret and second floor near the stair tower, the fireball appears, races down the tower, out of the former back door [now bricked over] and streaks through a farm field toward the Lawnes Creek Parish Ruins and cemetery. Other tales include an apparition of a woman in a white dress that appears in the castle yard, atop the 1854 Wing Stair Tower. This apparition reportedly enjoys tickling sleeping children in the middle of the night.

Some of the oldest formal gardens in North America.

Internal stairs

Newly restored slave quarters.

Smoke House

Video Production for Guy Fawkes Day and Bonfire Night at Bacon's Castle in Surry VA by Smellycat Productions from Smellycat Productions LLC on Vimeo.

Operated by Preservation Virginia
Gift Shop
465 Bacon's Castle Trail (Rt.617) (Map)
Surry, VA 23883

Seasonal operation:


  • Friday: 10am to 5pm
  • Saturday: 10am to 5pm
  • Sunday: 12-5pm
  • Monday: 10am to 5p ( between Memorial Day and Labor Day)

Feb 28-May 30

  • Friday: 10am to 5pm
  • Saturday: 10am to 5pm
  • Sunday: 12-5pm

Preserving the 17th Century: An Insider's Look
In celebration of Preservation Virginia's 125th Anniversary, we are hosting an insider's look at the stewardship of Bacon's Castle.

Since 1973 Preservation Virginia has preserved the fabric of the 350 year old brick plantation, Bacon's Castle. This symposium will provide a detailed history of the preservation initiatives over the years and a detailed look at the architectural elements that have been restored, preserved, conserved and the stories behind each of these decisions.

Enjoy presentations by Louis Malon, Preservation Virginia's Director of Preservation Services and an up-close and personal tour of the architectural elements of Bacon's Castle by Mike Adams, Preservation Virginia's Director of Restoration Projects.

This is your opportunity to ask questions and get into the nitty-gritty of historic preservation with the experts in the field!

Space is limited to the first 35 patrons. Early registration is only $40 and includes Symposium attendance and a gourmet bagged lunch. Late registration is $50.

*Re-certification credits for teachers eligible. Please inquire with your particular school system for acceptability."
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Romance at the Castle Download the reproduction of the Emmitt Robinson Poem