Riddick's Folly House Museum

Riddick's Folly House Museum

Riddick's Folly House Museum
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Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
While Mills Riddick’s contemporaries may have mocked his Greek Revival home when it was built in 1837, the house now stands as a beautiful reminder of the past. This most impressive structure on Main Street in Suffolk features striking architectural details. The five frieze band windows across the front of the house are rarely seen in eastern Virginia. The front of the mansion is bricked in Flemish bond, and double chimneys rise from both ends of the stately historic landmark. Slender columns of the Greek Revival period frame the main entrance. The interior showcases intricately carved and gilded moldings and elaborate ceiling medallions throughout the main floor of the house. Riddick’s Folly has four floors, twenty-one rooms, and sixteen fireplaces. All four floors are open to the public. The building features elegantly furnished double parlors, a gentlemen’s library, and adult and children’s bedchambers. Our three newest projects are the bathing and dressing room on the third floor, the slave quarters on the fourth floor and their winter kitchen which is housed in the English basement along with the laundry and dining rooms. We also have a tastefully stocked Gift Shop in the English basement which was once the larder or pantry. Riddick’s Folly is a member of: American Association of Museums American Association for State and Local History Virginia Association of Museums South Hampton Roads Museum Forum Time Travelers Southside of the James Attractions Riddick’s Folly is also registered with : National Register for Historic Places Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission Virginia Civil War Trails
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Colleen J
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Experience Suffolk History.
    Wow! What an incredible experience! Edward is so very knowledgeable and has a passion for the Riddick history that is extraordinary. His skill of presentation and attention to detail, was like no other curator I have experienced in my years of attending museums and historical venues. If you are ever in Suffolk, do not miss the opportunity to experience this historical home.
    I am so glad that you enjoyed your tour of Riddick's Folly and thank you for recommending our museum. Your reviews means so much to us. Thanks, Lee
    Written May 12, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 11, 2023
  • Kristy M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Suffolk Treasure
    Edward King presented an exceptional tour of Riddick’s Folly, complete with history, humor and a contagious enthusiasm that left me wanting to bring every guest who visits us in Suffolk to share in the experience. The museum displays have been thoughtfully curated and the building, beautifully restored. It is a Suffolk treasure.
    Hello Kristy, Thank you so much for your very kind words. I hope you can see how much this museum means to me. Thanks, Lee
    Written May 12, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 11, 2023
  • Patricia M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see!
    What a delightful experience it was to tour this historical home! Mr. King was our knowledgeable and entertaining guide that had an obvious passion and love for the Riddick family and their home. He not only shared the details of the furnishings and acquisitions of the home but entertained us with stories of its residents and “visitors” through the years. I would rate this as a must see in Virginia!
    Hello Patricia, Thanks you for such a great response. This does help us tremendously with the city. You can see how much this museum means to me. Thanks, Lee
    Written May 12, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 11, 2023
  • ADDIE M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do Not Miss This Amazing Piece of History!!
    Our guide was amazingly knowledgeable and able to give us a glimpse of life and living at Riddick's Folly and Suffolk. The house is just as gorgeous inside as it is out. The rooms are set up as if the Riddick's could come walking in at any moment. There's even original furniture, paintings, books, and clothing. There are new pieces being found and brought back to the home even today!! Don't miss this!!! It's inexpensive, but DEFINITELY give yourself a couple of hours!!! This is someplace we will go back to and bring friends and family!!
    I am so glad that you enjoyed your tour of Riddick's Folly and thank you for recommending our museum. Your reviews means so much to us and the city loves to hear comments like this when you visit our museum. Please come back and see when you get a chance. Thanks, Lee
    Written May 17, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 17, 2023
  • Foxtrot D
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience
    What a great experience. A must-see when visiting the Tidewater area. So many museums have everything distanced from you. Here is a place where you can get up close and personal with history. Many artifacts can be handled with the guides' permission.
    Thanks you for the great comments. I do hope you enjoyed your tour of Riddick's Folly House Museum. These comments helps us tremendously with the City.
    Written June 10, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 9, 2023
  • Roving00864289362
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour
    The tour conducted by Edward L. King (Lee) was wonderful. His knowledge and familiarity with the home and its residents was amazing. Despite our being "Yankee's" his warmth and humor was infectous. Thanks for a great tour.
    You are so welcome. I am so glad that you enjoyed your tour of Riddick's Folly. Please come back and see us when you get a chance. Thanks, Lee
    Written June 14, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 13, 2023
  • Susan C
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic tour and guide!! Do yourselves a favor and visit.
    Highly recommend taking the tour. Edward King is an EXCELLENT guide who knows the house, family and times like the back of his hand. He is very personable and friendly and makes you feel like you're home. We have been here 3 times with different family members from out of state and they all LOVED it!! Do yourselves a favor and visit!!
    Thanks you so much for the great recommendation. From your response you can tell how much I love this museum. I try to make everyone that visit as if their entering their own home. It is yours and all to see. Thanks, Lee
    Written June 22, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 21, 2023
  • Glenda M
    Axton, Virginia9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see Suffolk treasure
    This lovely historic home needs to be celebrated! Mr. King, the director, gave us our tour. Never met have I met such a guide who knew so many details, and presented the home with such love and enthusiasm. Mr. King has also personally arranged many of the rooms and displays as well as having painted the entrance way canvas rug!
    Hello Glenda, Thanks you so much for your great comments. I can see that you know how much this museum means to me. When you love it as much as I do , it not a job it is so much fun. Thanks, Lee
    Written June 24, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 23, 2023
  • Chun T
    Texas Gulf Coast, Texas1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Gem of Suffolk & A Taste of Southern Hospitality
    This museum is a Great place to go to in Suffolk, VA for those who love History, antique, and just simply want to spend an edifying quality time with family members. There is something for everyone there to learn from. The Director/ Curator, Mr. Edward King was the one who gave as the guided tour through out the house. It was a delightful time to be guided by a man who loves what he does there and is very knowledgeable and even recite a historical letter in the mantuary. It is definitely worth the time and money to visit this Gem of Suffolk, VA. I hope the Riddick's Folly museum may be preserved for generations to come and there will be others who are as kind, humorous and enthusiastic in their service as Mr. King Edward and the other lady who works there. Thank you!
    Thank you so much for your very kind words. You can tell how much I love this museum. Joyice and I and the Board of Directors work together so well. Please come back and see us when you get a chance.
    Written June 28, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 26, 2023
  • Charles H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour!
    Thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Joyce, our guide was very informative, pleasant and entertaining. Her depth of knowledge of the house and family is extensive. The Civil War and Governor exhibits were a surprise and a nice addition. Highly recommend this tour!
    It was my pleasure to conduct your tour. Thanks so much for your kind remarks. Joyice
    Written July 14, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 9, 2023
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Bethany Lowry
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
I highly recommend this tour, and urge you to make the time for the 90-minute full tour for the very reasonable price of $7. Mr. Edward "Lee" King, the Director and Curator, provided a fascinating, enthusiastic tour, combining his familiarity with many of the original items in the home (several of which he was responsible for restoring to the home) with his extensive knowledge of various members of the Riddick family, particularly with regard to the impact of the Civil War on this family. His ability to recite many of the letters written by family members as well as by Union officers (who used the home as their headquarters) was positively astounding. His enthusiasm and affection for this museum is palpable, and there wasn't a dull moment. My only suggestion would be to incorporate some information about the enslaved people who worked there with the many interesting and moving stories about various Riddick family members. Because we had to cut our tour a bit short due to another obligation, I did not ask about the enslaved workers; I suspect that Lee has a wealth of information on that topic as well, but wasn't given the opportunity to present it to us. All in all, 5 Enthusiastic Stars.
Written July 15, 2023
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Thank you so much for the very kind words. You can tell how much I love this museum. I can give a tour that would last for hours but when it comes to sending a response, I seem to be at a lost for words. thanks again, I hope you will able come back again soon.
Written July 16, 2023
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guamccruz
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
2 days later & my husband is still raving about this tour (& we’ve been to a few others). an amazing and impressive tour! The home & it’s furnishings are stunning. It’s like really stepping back in time. Joyice, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable and pleasant. She was very detailed & you can just tell she’s passionate about her job. The way she told the stories really makes you visualize what went on there. We tried to tip her bc we knew that without her passion, it would’ve just been like those other tours. Unfortunately, she was unable to accept tips so we donated it to the house. The gift shop had awesome stuff for sale & the price was REALLY GOOD.
Thank you, Joyice for entertaining & educating us on everything! My husband had so many questions and she knew the answers to it all! He was beginning to annoy me but Joyice was so patient with him. Lol
Written November 9, 2020
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Nancy and Rich
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
The home is beautifully decorated to show it as it might have been. It includes a mixture of family pieces and pieces from the area. Edward King took us on a wonderful tour and included Riddick family stories and stories of how he was able to track down family pieces that had migrated to other parts of the country. He was thoughtful and sensitive as he showed the civil war artifacts to his Yankee guests. the time flew by. A true treasure! Thank you
Written February 25, 2021
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Donald R.
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
We happened to pick this location on a rainy day when outside activities were not available. Mr. Edward gave a great and informative tour. He was funny and personable. He was incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the history of the house and the family. They have done extensive research and done a phenomenal job of restoring the home and presenting the information in a fun and entertaining manner.
Written June 23, 2022
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Chris U
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This was a wonderful tour. I’ve seen other Greek Revival houses, but the contents and the stories of where they were made and how they were recovered after the Civil War were fascinating. The family history was interesting, and the historic context quite unusual. Make sure you get a reading of the letter from the occupying Union officer to the house’s owner.
Written July 20, 2022
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Chun T
Texas Gulf Coast, TX1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
This museum is a Great place to go to in Suffolk, VA for those who love History, antique, and just simply want to spend an edifying quality time with family members. There is something for everyone there to learn from. The Director/ Curator, Mr. Edward King was the one who gave as the guided tour through out the house. It was a delightful time to be guided by a man who loves what he does there and is very knowledgeable and even recite a historical letter in the mantuary. It is definitely worth the time and money to visit this Gem of Suffolk, VA. I hope the Riddick's Folly museum may be preserved for generations to come and there will be others who are as kind, humorous and enthusiastic in their service as Mr. King Edward and the other lady who works there. Thank you!
Written June 26, 2023
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Thank you so much for your very kind words. You can tell how much I love this museum. Joyice and I and the Board of Directors work together so well. Please come back and see us when you get a chance.
Written June 28, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Janet S
Norfolk, VA55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Beautiful home in downtown Suffolk filled with history. The gentleman who runs the place is filled with knowledge about the Riddick family and the history of the area. He is a very engaging & entertaining speaker. The exhibits are varied - artwork, clothing, textiles, Civil War items, etc. Definitely worth a visit!
Written June 28, 2021
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Edie B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
My husband and I had decided to do a little exploring while staying in Suffolk. The woman from the Planter Peanut shop suggested we visit the Riddick's Folly House Museum. It did not disappoint. Edward King, who is the Director, personally gave my husband and I a tour. He was so knowledgeable about the home and the time periods. He explained what pieces of furniture were original to the home, where other pieces from the time period they added had come from, how they were obtained and more. It was very interesting and set up beautifully! We come to the area frequently and plan to definitely go back to see what else they have found to add to the house. Thankful to those that have come across pieces from the family history that have reached out to get them back to where they belong.
Written August 12, 2023
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Thank you so much for the great review. I helps us tremendously with the City. You could tell how much I enjoy working here. I have so much fun, I don't consider it work when you like what you are doing. Please come back and see us when you get a chance.
Written August 16, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Sightseer61897644880
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Do not miss this. One of the best tours I have ever experienced. Our tour guide, Edward "Lee" King, is the director/curator of Riddick's Folly. Lee knows every aspect of this magnificent house. His stories about every room, and its contents, are worth the small price of admission. His passion for his job is contagious. He loves his job, and it shows. The only reason I only gave it 5 stars is because I couldn't give it 6.Recommend you call ahead to ensure Lee is available when you arrive. (757-934-0822)
Written February 17, 2024
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Hello Tom, Thank so much for your very kind words. You know how much I love the museum. Having visitors such as your self makes it even more fun. Please come back and see us when you get a chance. I know your great comments will help us tremendously with the City of Suffolk. Thanks, Lee
Written February 18, 2024
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dominiquelE7051ZM
Paris, France2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
I highly recommend the visit. The curator is passionnate and knows so much about the history of the house, and surrounding events. You do not notice the time you spend visiting the many rooms, as he explains things in a unique and sometimes humorous manner. A++
Written January 25, 2024
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Hello, Thanks you so much for your great review. I had such a great time giving you the tour of Suffolk's only House museum. If you have the opportunity, please stop back for a visit. Thanks, Lee
Written January 26, 2024
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