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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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Best Historic Home Tour Ever!

Thoroughly enjoyed the tour of the Riddick House (all 4 floors)! Mr. Lee King was a most... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Joyce C
Greenville, South Carolina
A visit to Riddick's Folly House Museum is not to be missed

Mr. King is an amazing guide with a wealth of knowledge about the house, the family and the era... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Angela S
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
510 N Main St, Suffolk, VA 23434-4427
+1 757-934-0822
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Thoroughly enjoyed the tour of the Riddick House (all 4 floors)! Mr. Lee King was a most enthusiastic, entertaining and knowledgeable tour guide. I believe we could have asked him "any" question, and he would've had the answer! He even impressed us by quoting an...More

Thank Joyce C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mr. King is an amazing guide with a wealth of knowledge about the house, the family and the era. He's incredibly nice too! We had so a great time touring the house with him that I couldn't believe how much time we spent there -...More

Thank Angela S
Reviewed 12 August 2017

Had to visit here whilst in the area and after a stop at the visitor centre we moved next door to enjoy the afternoon at Riddick's Folly. As we were the the only visitors we were able to enjoy a personal tour of the building...More

Thank Ray P
Reviewed 24 July 2017

My wife and I planned a visit to Suffolk just to see the Riddick House. Our tour started at 10:00 and we were delighted the whole time. Would love to go back again in the future.

Thank Todd R
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 15 June 2017

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
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