Bacon's Castlet - COVID-19 is still a concern so we are now open Fri-Mon for self-guided exterior tours. Staff are onsite to assist. Cost: $5/person or $10/per vehicle. Please be mindful of social distancing recommendations and face coverings required.

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Bacons Castle
465 Bacons Castle Trail, Surry, VA 23883

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.

Download the "Romance at the Castle" flyer

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


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Romance at the Castle Download the reproduction of the Emmitt Robinson Poem