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Excellent off the beaten path

Excellent off the beaten path. Tour guide was tremendous - very knowledgeable. Learned all about... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
United States
Wonderfully preserved home!

The home at Smith's Ford Plantation was purchased and restored by John D. Rockefeller at the time... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Maggie S
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Smith's Fort Plantation is nestled on the south side of the James River, located on the site of Captain John Smith's planned "New Fort", on the land given by Chief Powhatan as a dowry for his daughter Pocahontas upon her marriage to John Rolfe. The 18th century manor house retains much of its original woodwork and provides examples of early American and English period furnishings from the late 16th through the early 18th centuries. Built sometime between 1751 and 1765, this story-and-a-half Flemish bond brick house was home to Jacob Faulcon and his family. The name "Smith's Fort Plantation" comes from the fact that John Smith began construction of a second fort on this site in 1608. Smith's Fort offered a strategic location for a retreat fort away from the original settlement, but construction was abandoned early due to starving conditions at the first fort and conflicts with the local Native American tribe. A few years later after the successful union of Pocahontas and John Rolfe, the bride's father, Wahunsenacawh, was the paramount chief of Tsenacommacah (In 1607, the English colonists were introduced to Wahunsenacawh as Powhatan and understood this latter name to come from Powhatan's hometown near the falls of the James River near present-day Richmond, Virginia.), Gave his new son-in-law a grant of this land as a dowry gift. Although the couple never lived on site, their only son, Thomas Rolfe, later returned to Virginia and opened a tobacco plantation on over 400 acres of the property.
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent off the beaten path. Tour guide was tremendous - very knowledgeable. Learned all about Pochantas and the history of the area. Take the free Surry ferry across from Willamsburg. Definitely worth the side trip.

Thank Booboo123340
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The home at Smith's Ford Plantation was purchased and restored by John D. Rockefeller at the time that he was underwriting the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg. The house was actually restored by the same firm that restored Colonial Williamsburg and it definitely shows. The house...More

Thank Maggie S
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

We were driving around after the ferry ride and stumbled across this hidden gem. Tom was awesome (I'm 99% sure his name was Tom). We were his last tour after a very busy day and you couldn't tell one bit. Had an answer for every...More

Thank kzip79
Reviewed 28 April 2017

You can read reviews of this house elsewhere but please be aware that there is no handicapped entrance into the house, and when you get in there are many stairs and long periods of standing. Also the "necessary", in a dilapidated shed in the garden,...More

1  Thank Yogaphile
Reviewed 18 April 2017

We rode our bikes from Chippokes State Park to the plantation! Very nice paved trail to the Plantation and great views of the James River in the background!

Thank Robbie M
Reviewed 19 March 2017

This was one of the best historical tours I've attended. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and personable. It is obvious he is a Virginian and loves this house and it's history. We spent more than two hours here and learned so much history about Pocahontas,...More

1  Thank Bill1690
Reviewed 4 March 2017

We loved this place. Our tour guide was Pam and she was so nice and very knowledgeable. There are several amazing pieces in this house, the bible (from 1622), the beautiful chandelier in the blue room, the bible cover in the girls' room and the...More

Thank Lisa N
Reviewed 19 January 2017

The Jamestowne colonists should have made this their settlement instead of Jamestowne Island and its swamp - much better crop land. The island was chosen more for its defensive position against a Spanish invasion than for a good settlement location. Smith's Fort was chosen as...More

Thank bassbum
Reviewed 6 November 2016

Not a very long tour, but our guide was very sweet and had a love and appreciation of this home. The old Bible was my favorite.

Thank usgranny
Reviewed 26 October 2016

I am a history buff (and major) and I love checking out things that are not high on the tourist-priority list. I also like exploring a little on my own. Smith's Fort Plantation was one of those places. I went after hours so I did...More

Thank John S
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