Bacon's Castle Surry Reviews
A 17th century house in Virginia Mar 22, 2008
Bacon's Castle is a plantation house from the 17th century. Built in 1665, it is nearly a century older than the popular structures seen across the James River in Colonial Williamsburg. The house was built by Arthur Allen as his plantation home. The name "Bacon's Castle" derives from its role in Bacon's Rebellion of 1676. In that year, Nathaniel Bacon led a rebellion against the Virginia colonial government in Jamestown, drove the Allen family from the house, and used it as a fortification. The popular name stuck.
The house is interesting architecturally because it is a rare example of Jacobean design in the Western Hemisphere and the only one in the USA. The cruciform shape, triple-stacked chimneys, and Flemish gables are all unique design elements. If you are interested in early Colonial American history or the history of architecture, I recommend that you make a visit to this house while in the Williamsburg, VA, area.
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