We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Riddick's Folly House Museum

510 N Main St, Suffolk, VA 23434
757-934-0822
Improve this listing
Ranked #4 of 15 Attractions in Suffolk
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: Riddick's Folly was the 1837 town home mansion of the Riddick family, one of the region's wealthiest and most prominent families. The house served as... more » Owner description: Riddick's Folly was the 1837 town home mansion of the Riddick family, one of the region's wealthiest and most prominent families. The house served as headquarters for the Union Army during its occupation of Suffolk in the Civil War. Writings from some of the soldiers can still be seen on the walls. The museum features restored parlors, servant's spaces, and bedrooms with period furnishings and decor. Open to the public. Group rates available. « less
Write a Review

12 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    8
    1
    1
    1
    1
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Made the 45 mile drive from VA Beach today only to find the museum closed. There were open signs all over the grass but the place was locked up tight. Cut to a crushed 3 year old future train conductor. He had been so looking forward to it. We were ready to give this place 5 stars but unfortunately won't... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We got a private tour (as we were the only ones there) which was wonderful. The curator was very knowledgeable and tailored the tour to our interests. The little details make this tour worthwhile.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Suffolk, Virginia
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We were given a terrifically informative and personalized tour of Riddick's Folly by our guide, Mr King. If he doesn't know something about the house or its contents, it probably isn't knowable! He shared the history of the building, and could tell us how the museum acquired many of the pieces on display. I plan to take all my out... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Boston, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
161 reviews 161 reviews
67 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

When told it was going to be an hour and a half tour I almost didn't proceed. Glad I did, as I got a detailed tour of the house, owners and timeplace in history. If you like old houses, old stories, antiques, or civil war history this is a must stop.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
League City, Texas
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Suffolk's Civil War strategy and a romantic story got my attention, however there are many aspects to the tour to interest all ages. Stairs took me to an area where soldiers left their mark and to another room that celebrated the life of Gov. Godwin.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Suffolk, Virginia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

The American Girl Workshop that we attended was extremely boring and led by someone who obviously did not work with children very often. The person tended to "talk" over the girls' heads and lecture more than "involve" the children in activities that would have excited them about the Riddick's Folly House or the American Doll. That and it was TOO... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Lebanon, Illinois
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
42 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

An awesome tour of a 19th century home by the director. He explained so much about the home and the treasures within. It is an absolutely delightful home and you can almost hear the old stories from the walls as you walk from room to room .

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012 via mobile

Amazing. Toured with the director and he was so passionate about the time period. He had assembled much of the collection himself. Very interesting, beautiful house!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Suffolk
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2012

Civil War buffs will find a lot to see here. Don't miss it we will return.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Chesapeake, Virginia
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2011

This is a great tour of a 19th century house. We had a personal tour of the house and our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about any questions we had. Our children also enjoyed it and even though it took about 1 hour, it held their interest as well.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Been to Riddick's Folly House Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Do you own or manage Riddick's Folly House Museum?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing