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Riddick's Folly House Museum

510 N Main St, Suffolk, VA 23434
757-934-0822
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Ranked #3 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
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Chesapeake, Va
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5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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

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Boston, Massachusetts
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67 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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.

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League City, Texas
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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.

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Suffolk, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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

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Lebanon, Illinois
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39 attraction reviews
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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 .

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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!

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Suffolk
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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.

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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.

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Suffolk, Va
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2011

Take the tour -- Enjoy the history --- This tour would be great for anyone that has visited the historical triangle in the last few months; Some of the stories / artifacts would tie in nicely.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2010 via mobile

B O R I N G I love history. The experience here was a joke. The young lady who escorted us through this house Stumbled and stammered throughout her demonstration of her lack of history knowledge.

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