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Riddick's Folly House Museum

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Address: 510 N Main St, Suffolk, VA 23434
Phone Number: 757-934-0822
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: Riddick's Folly was the 1837 town home mansion of the Riddick family, one...
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.
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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 9, 2014
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Suffolk, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

I have visited Riddick's many times over the years. Each time I have visited a different story is told about the family. I read a book about the Folly and it does not match with the history that is told at the folly. There needs to be more then one person available to give a tour, as we were half... More 

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I have taken my grandchildren and other family members to Riddick's Folly because we like historical places.

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Spent the whole afternoon touring this museum,our tour guide was very knowledgable and interesting.Really enjoyed the afternoon.We spent 3 hours there and time flew by!! Well worth the time to go!!!!

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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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 

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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.

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Suffolk, Virginia
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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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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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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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Titusville, Florida
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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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