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Riddick's Folly House Museum

510 N Main St, Suffolk, VA 23434-4427
+1 757-934-0822
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I, in my retirement years, am becoming a civil war buff. I tour the battlegrounds and plantations... read more

Reviewed 18 May 2017
Jk3750
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Columbus, Ohio
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A historic home very much worth visiting.

Suffolk and the surrounding area are worth visiting, and the Roddick House is one of the best... read more

Reviewed 3 May 2017
Lane R
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While Mills Riddick’s contemporaries may have mocked his Greek Revival home when it was built in 1837, the house now stands as a beautiful reminder of the past. This most impressive structure on Main Street in Suffolk features striking architectural details. The five frieze band windows across the front of the house are rarely seen in eastern Virginia. The front of the mansion is bricked in Flemish bond, and double chimneys rise from both ends of the stately historic landmark. Slender columns of the Greek Revival period frame the main entrance. The interior showcases intricately carved and gilded moldings and elaborate ceiling medallions throughout the main floor of the house. Riddick’s Folly has four floors, twenty-one rooms, and sixteen fireplaces. All four floors are open to the public. The building features elegantly furnished double parlors, a gentlemen’s library, and adult and children’s bedchambers. Our three newest projects are the bathing and dressing room on the third floor, the slave quarters on the fourth floor and their winter kitchen which is housed in the English basement along with the laundry and dining rooms. We also have a tastefully stocked Gift Shop in the English basement which was once the larder or pantry. Riddick’s Folly is a member of: American Association of Museums American Association for State and Local History Virginia Association of Museums South Hampton Roads Museum Forum Time Travelers Southside of the James Attractions Riddick’s Folly is also registered with : National Register for Historic Places Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission Virginia Civil War Trails
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510 N Main St, Suffolk, VA 23434-4427
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Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

I, in my retirement years, am becoming a civil war buff. I tour the battlegrounds and plantations of the period. Today I toured the Riddick House Museum in Suffolk and it was one of the most interesting and informative tours I have ever taken. The...More

Thank Jk3750
Reviewed 3 May 2017

Suffolk and the surrounding area are worth visiting, and the Roddick House is one of the best places in Suffolk to visit. We received a wonderful, knowledgeable tour. Visit and help preserve a valuable piece of Tidewater Virginia history!

Thank Lane R
Reviewed 2 May 2017

I recently went to Riddick's Folly House Museum for the first time with family and friends and it was so interesting. They have curated a collection not only of beautiful pieces from the period and the family that lived there but they also chose many...More

Thank AJGB42
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

I had read some of the brochures and was looking forward to a tour of the house. I stopped at the visitors center and they told me it was open and I would probably get a personal tour since I was by myself. It was...More

Thank Willy Y
Heather B, Administrative Assistant at Riddick's Folly House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Willy, First, thank you for allowing me to eat my lunch. We are so sorry for the terrible oversight. We would like to offer you a free tour of the house at your convenience the next time you are here. We truly apologize for that...More

Reviewed 6 February 2017

We are new in the Va. area and have been taking little trips to check out little towns and places. Had not gone to Suffolk so this was our first time there. Read info on the internet about the town and thought we were going...More

Thank 42dave2015
Reviewed 1 December 2016

This is a fantastic house museum focusing on the Civil War/Empire time period. Four full stories of beautiful period furnishings with a number of pieces original to the home and some very rare Norfolk furniture pieces that are a treat to be able to view....More

Thank bethanybtan
Reviewed 12 October 2016

Whether in the immediate Suffolk area or neighboring area, put this place on your itinerary. The admission price (very inexpensive) included a personal hour and a half tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and answered all questions. We thoroughly enjoyed learning about the...More

Thank Hilda1828
Reviewed 3 October 2016

Great visit. Our guide was very friendly & knowledgeable. I learned some very interesting facts. Visit the train museum while in the area too.

Thank Pamela A
Reviewed 28 September 2016

This well maintained historical site is an interesting place to visit if you want to know more about historic Suffolk in the 1800's.. Recently a local artist completed gold leaf gilding at selected locations in the interior.

Thank oldhokie702016
Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Riddick's Folly house is a wonderful place to visit to see historical pieces and architecture. The guides are knowledgeable about the period pieces and history of the house. Very enjoyable experience.

Thank Rita M
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