Bacon's Castle Facts

  • Built in 1665, the nation's only surviving High Jacobean structure.
  • Oldest surviving brick dwelling in the United States.
  • One of oldest formal English gardens in North America.
  • Builder Arthur Allen, born 1607-08, in Droitwich, Worchestershire, England.
  • Allen's son, Arthur Allen II, was one of richest men in Virginia, worth over 1,500 pounds at time of death.


  • Allen II was military leader against rebels in Bacon's Rebellion.
  • Bacon's Castle was occupied by rebels during Bacon's Rebellion.
  • Poet Sydney Lanier proposed to Virginia Wilson Hankins, daughter of BC's owner during the Civil War.
  • Owned and operated by the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities