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Bassett Hall

Address: Francis Street East, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone Number: (888) 965-7254
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Ranked #8 of 37 Attractions in Williamsburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Home of Mr. and Mrs. John Rockefeller Jr. decorated in 18th-century furnishings.
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Home of Mr. and Mrs. John Rockefeller Jr. decorated in 18th-century furnishings.

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Midlothian, Virginia
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116 reviews 116 reviews
26 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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102 reviews 102 reviews
31 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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144 reviews 144 reviews
37 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
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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46 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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164 reviews 164 reviews
14 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 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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Hershey, Pennsylvania
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12 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

This is a wonderful historic venue in CW. The tour guide was excellent and very enthusiastic about the building and its rich history. Most of the focus is on the Rockefellers. The tour guide made me feel as if she was a personal friend of Mr. and Mrs. Rockefeller. Great!

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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

This was a wonderful tour. I was very thankful for the generosity of this family to Williamsburg. It was a delight!

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This was our first tour of Bassett Hall. I have been to the Colonial city a few times but I never had a full understanding of the roll that The Rockefellar's played in the rebirth of Colonial Williamsburg. Our tour guide, Sandy, was wonderful. She knew a lot about them and was happy to share her info with the rest... More 

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Vonore, Tennessee
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326 reviews 326 reviews
171 attraction reviews
445 helpful votes 445 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

We took the shuttle from the Visitor Center to the Capitol stop first thing in the morning. It was not busy and we did the tour there. Then we walked the two blocks to Bassett Hall. We checked in the reception office and watched the film. The film was actually well done with actual footage of John D Rockefeller, Jr.... More 

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Oriental, North Carolina
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8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Our guide Chuck White, was informative, personable, and with his stories made the place and vision Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller had for Williamsburg come alive. They were amazing people and we are fortunate that they preserved the history of Williamsburg as they did.

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