This House Has My Heart

This is Bacon’s Castle, located in Surry County, Virginia. It is the oldest documented brick house in Virginia (built in 1665), and possibly the oldest English-built brick house in the country. You can read all about it here:


Aside from the historical facts about this house, aside from knowing that it has survived for nearly 350 years, aside from its beauty, here’s why it’s special to me:

  • My mother was raised in this house, along with her 11 siblings.
  • My son has been an interpreter here for over 10 years.
  • My husband and I were married in this house (ground floor room on the left).

Something special will be happening at Bacon’s Castle in late October. Stay tuned!

6 responses to “This House Has My Heart

  1. Great site!! That old house has a big piece of my heart, too! I look forward to future posts!!

  2. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    I had no idea you had a history with Bacon’s Castle. It to has meant alot to me sense I am originaly from Surry Co. I heard my Dad (Arbie Matthews) tell many a story about it. Very interesting thanks.

  3. I had to come back to your first post to leave a well deserved comment. I love that this is part of your history! And I love that you started your blog out with this post!

  4. Me too! I wanted to see where it all started! …And what a beautiful place.

  5. Ah… I couldn’t wait to come here to post this one …

    339 years ago -today- , Nathaniel Bacon’s rebel troops captured Arthur Allen’s Brick House…. later to be nicknamed “Bacon’s Castle” …
    42 years ago -today- , the APVA’s purchase of Bacon’s Castle was made official…
    12 years ago -today-, Hurricane Isabel brought 19 trees down on the grounds and pretty much wrecked the whole area…

    busy day !!

  6. A WONDERFUL beginning!

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