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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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Hidden Gem in Suffolk

Finally visited after living in Suffolk for 12 years. The house is amazing and the director who... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
csims002
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Suffolk, Virginia
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Amazing tour!

We were visiting family and wanted to find somewhere with Suffolk history and charm and Riddick... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Despina K
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Finally visited after living in Suffolk for 12 years. The house is amazing and the director who gave us our tour was very friendly and knowledgeable! The stories are interesting and fantastic. Highly recommend the visit!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were visiting family and wanted to find somewhere with Suffolk history and charm and Riddick Folly House did not disappoint! Lee took us on a 1.5 hours tour (fairly priced) of the 4 story mansion and was able to keep our children who are...More

1  Thank Despina K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I go on a lot of historic house tours and recently toured the Riddick's Folly House for the first time. I was very impressed with the quality and completeness of this museum. The items that are of the Riddick family are rarely found in such...More

1  Thank dspid
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Anyone rating this place anything less that "excellent" should be ignored. This tour was so well presented - with passion and knowledge all the way. 7 bucks a person for over an hour and a half of profound insight into the home history as well...More

2  Thank PSBHouston
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Informative tour, beautifully preserved home, and wonderful local charm. This is was a great find! Would recommend this to anyone visiting the Suffolk or Tidewater area. The tour does a great job of telling the Riddick Family history as well as local history of the...More

Thank medeirostracey
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed our tour of Riddick's Folly tour immensely. The tour was extensive and very informative. We are so glad to see the mansion restored and maintained. We'll be back.

Thank Ricky L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Superbly preserved and a real treat for understanding local Suffolk history. Has the Civil War era dresses of the owner on display as well as original Civil War "graffiti" and maps of the local area. Tour guide was very knowledgeable. Would suggest for families with...More

Thank Olivia T
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I went to Riddicks Folly on invitation from a friend, not knowing what it was other than a book signing. I fell in love there! Of course I was glad to get a book and have it signed. But we also took the tour, I...More

Thank Cookie B
Reviewed 3 November 2017

Having a background in Architecture, I was thrilled to visit such a well restored and well kept historical home that showcases pieces from it's original era that give us insight to the daily lives of generations before us who lived in the home. A must...More

Thank Babs B
Reviewed 30 October 2017

It is both an architectural treasure of the Federal period, and an opportunity to see 1840's lifestyle along with the impact of the Civil War on citizens. Of equal interest is the story of the restoral of the building and reacquisition of family art, silver...More

Thank James W
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