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Riddick's Folly House Museum

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Address: 510 N Main St, Suffolk, VA 23434-4427
Phone Number: 17579340822
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13:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Wed - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description:

While Mills Riddick’s contemporaries may have mocked his Greek Revival home...

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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Must see in Suffolk!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Suffolk, Virginia
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Suffolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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. There is a little for everyone in the family as the third floor is devoted... More 

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El Paso, TX
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 history of the house, Suffolk, the Civil War etc. This house will bring history to... More 

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Port Charlotte, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

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

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Suffolk, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Suffolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

We always enjoy our trips to Riddick's Folly.So much history tucked away in downtown Suffolk.It's a beautiful home and very well kept. And the gift shop is very nice too!

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Suffolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

Nice museum with local civil war history... Very interesting. Really neat artifacts and the guide was very informative.

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Suffolk, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

Enjoy Riddick's Folly as you learn about Suffolk's history. If you are lucky, while there you will get to meet one of Suffolk's craftsmen who is in the process of applying gold leaf where it is historically accurate.

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Surry, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

This is one you have GOT to put on your "to-do" list! The house is amazing; very well kept and well presented for a historical site. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable sharing not "just the facts" but a lot of interesting stories and anectdotes which kept our group engaged. The furnishings and displays are some of the nicest I... More 

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Suffolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

One of the most interesting places in Suffolk to visit. So much history here and everyone is so warm and friendly. So much to learn about my adopted city.

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