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Bacon’s Castle

AE Curator Jul 16
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Although the house was named for him, Nathaniel Bacon never visited the site of what is likely the nation’s oldest brick dwelling and formal English garden. Arthur Allen, a planter and merchant, oversaw construction of the house, completed in about 1665. Allen’s son inherited the property, but in 1676 participants in Bacon’s Rebellion occupied and trashed the home. Its rare architectural features include diagonal triple chimneys. Eventually the historic Allen Brick House became known as Bacon’s Castle and the rowdy house guests, metaphorically, never left.

Location: Surry
Image: Preservation Virginia

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