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Bassett Hall

Francis Street East, Williamsburg, VA 23185
(888) 965-7254
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Ranked #8 of 51 Attractions in Williamsburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Description: Home of Mr. and Mrs. John Rockefeller Jr. decorated in 18th-century furnishings.
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Atlanta, Georgia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

I was very surprised how much I and my family enjoyed this tour. To get a glimpse of the Rockefeller's smallest home was a treat.

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Frederick, MD
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

While Basset Hall dates back to colonial times, it was restored by the Rockefellers as a home and is now as it was when they lived there. The Rockefellers are responsible for most of the restoration of Williamsburg. The house is very interesting, and fairly modest for such a wealthy family. Parts of the house are split between fine art... More

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Jefferson, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This simple home was considered a cottage to the Rockafellers. It is furnished exactly as it was when they lived there with Mrs. Rockafellers folk Art collection. Take the guided tour.Visit if you have time.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Tour Bassett Hall to learn about the Rockellers' involvement in the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg. It is fascinating to tour their home and view the interesting film. Convenient parking next to the building which is just east of Williamsburg Inn.

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Maryville, Tennessee
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The man who guided us through the house was very extremely pleasant and knew the history of the house well. There was a short film before the tour that was very informative.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The tour guides know their stuff. This is really a different lifestyle than you would expect. John and Abby Rockefeller came here to relax and just be "townspeople". They weren't out to impress with an ostentatious house, big parties or celebrity guests. You'll come away with a whole different opinion.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

For those wanting to understand the history of "Modern Williamsburg" dating from its rebirth in 1926 by the Rockefeller's, visit the Bassett Hall adjacent to the historic area. You will see a short video of how John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and his wife Abby Aldrich Rockefeller lived during the 1930's and 40's while they managed the restoration of Williamsburg to... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Impressive tour! Our guide, Nancy, was great. She was so personable and knowledgeable. After dealing with two rude people (at the wigmaker and entrance to Capital) - she was a breath of fresh air. The items inside actually belonged to the Rockefellers- these are not reproductions. You watch a short intro video and the tour was longer than I expected-... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

This was the home of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (one of several of his), and though modest by comparison to his others, it was for he and his wife a lovely refuge. We decided to tour the house at the end of our day at Colonial Williamsburg and I am so glad we did not miss this! The tour guide... More

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Edmond, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This was a very educational visit that helps you understand how Colonial Williamsburg has been preserved. Without the Rockefellers, we likely would have lost this glimpse of history.

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