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Bassett Hall

Williamsburg, VA
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Ranked #5 of 51 attractions in Williamsburg
Type: Historic Sites
Description: Home of Mr. and Mrs. John Rockefeller Jr. decorated in 18th-century furnishings.
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English first
Williamsburg, Virginia
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Visit the home the John D & Abby Rockefeller lived when they visited Williamsburg during the restoration of the Colonial Capitol. The furnishings are the private, special items they brought from their home in New York. Learn more about how the restoration began.

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Erie, Pennsylvania
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Not to be missed if going to Williamsburg. Wonderful stories of the home and the Rockefeller involvement in the town.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We've been to CW several times, but it was the first visit to this home. We loved the short film which gave a short history on Rockefeller/restoring CW and enjoyed the tour of this beautiful home. We would love to return in the spring when the garden is blooming!

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Carrboro, North Carolina, United States
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Bassett Hall is beautifully preserved and presented. All the furnishings are exactly where the Rockefeller's left them and practically all are original. The grounds are gorgeous and worth a stroll. THe intro video should also not be missed.

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Rockville, Maryland
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

The interest of the Rockefeller's in Williamsburg is as much of the story as Williamsburg itself, imo. If not for this couple and their love of American history, much would have been gone for good and certainly, millions of school children as well as adults would have never experienced the living museum that is Williamsburg. Visiting this home is interesting... More

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Winchester, Virginia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Toured there last year ... took friends there this trip. Interpreters are great! Learned that the Rockefellers were down to earth folks who fit in and were accepted by the residents. Seeing the house, you can see why this was their 'retreat' . Interesting to see the differences in taste for Mr and Mrs .

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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
23 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

Bassett Hall( once the CW home of the Rockefeller family is hidden away on the edge of Colonial Williamsburg. To understand how CW evolved in the modern day a tour of the hall and the accompanying history is a must. Ask for Chuck and Torie( the guide dog) to get a unique perspective on this piece of Americania

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Senior Contributor
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18 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

All of the furnishings are exactly the same as when the Rockefellers lived here. I think people tend to overlook this site when touring Williamsburg as it is a bit off on its own but it is well worth a tour.

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Williamsburg, VA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Purchasing the $10 good neighbors pass is worth it to tour all of Colonial Williamsburg. Our favorite house was Bassett Hall. We learned more about the Rockefellers than we had previously known.

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Woodland, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

We've been to Williamsburg several times, but missed seeing this lovely home. So this trip, we put the tour at the top of our list. It was decorated for Christmas which gave it added charm. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the Rockefeller family which made the visit very interesting.

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