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Address: Francis Street East, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone Number: (888) 965-7254
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Description: Home of Mr. and Mrs. John Rockefeller Jr. decorated in 18th-century...
Home of Mr. and Mrs. John Rockefeller Jr. decorated in 18th-century furnishings.
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How the Rockefellers lived

Bassett Hall was the Williamsburg home of Abby & John J. Rockefeller, Jr. The tour stresses not only their possessions but also how the Rockefellers lived and entertained during... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
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Charleston, South Carolina
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Charleston, South Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Bassett Hall was the Williamsburg home of Abby & John J. Rockefeller, Jr. The tour stresses not only their possessions but also how the Rockefellers lived and entertained during their yearly sojourns in Williamsburg.

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Washington, DC
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27 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

This house has been beautifully kept to look just like it did when the Rockefeller's owned it and lived there. The story of how the Rockefellers were involved with Williamsburg and the establishment of the Colonial area is very ineresting. Short tour, well worth the walk across the street from the Capitol building!

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Denver, Colorado
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

The staff change the house and grounds to mirror the time of year the Rockefeller's would have been there. It really is a look into the family's use of the house when they lived there. The family history is very interesting and the staff are very knowledgeable. Leave some time to walk the grounds.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This is a great place to start your visit to Colonial Williamsburg, even though it is not part of the colonial part of town. It provides insight into the role the Rockefellers played in the development of the restoration. In addition, the interior is as it was when the Rockefellers spent the spring and fall there, with an eclectic collection... More 

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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Very well maintained and artfully decorated building. Super knowledgeable tour guide took us to every corner of the building.

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Midlothian, Virginia
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The Rockefellers made Colonial Williamsburg happen and enjoyed coming to town for the Spring and Fall seasons. The house is furnished as authentically as possible although with few pieces owned by the Rockefellers. The gardens are very nice. Well worth a visit.

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Alexandria, Virginia, United States
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Your interest will likely depend on your age. The house is frozen as it was when the Rockefellers lived there. It may remind you of your mom's kitchen, or your grandma's, unless you're under 30, in which case it's just a retro house.

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Powhatan, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 via mobile

We've been visiting Colonial Williamsburg for years bypassing Bassett Hall since it was a little out of the way. Big mistake! Make this your first stop after the Visitors Center to learn how the now Colonial Williamsburg was restored/rebuilt through the vision and generosity of the Rockefeller's. Learn about the family and their long time involvement in Williamsburg. The home... More 

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Cruso, North Carolina, United States
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58 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

I was surprised by the Rockefeller's Williamsburg home. I expected one more example of conspicuous consumption, but this was 180 degrees away from that: a rather modest home decorated with very homey art and furnishings. The story of how the John D., Jr. got involved in colonial preservation and how they became true members of the modern community is worth... More 

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Grasonville, Maryland
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14 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

I promised myself that we would stop in here on our next visit and I’m glad we did. There is a nice introduction move that you should see first. The home is dressed as it would have been in the 40s. Our guide was very informative and knowledgeable. I highly recommend this slight diversion if you have the time.

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