Riddick's Folly House Museum

Riddick's Folly House Museum, Suffolk: Hours, Address, Riddick's Folly House Museum Reviews: 5/5

Riddick's Folly House Museum

Riddick's Folly House Museum
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Pam M
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Super!!
Nov 2021
Wow! What a GREAT treasure right in front of your eyes in historic Suffolk. My friend and I decided to explore this gem and lucked out with the head docent/caretaker/historian, Mr. King. We were most fortunate to have such a knowledgeable guide and interesting historic tour of this most interesting part of history. Be sure to visit!!!!
Written November 25, 2021
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Jen B
Springwood, Australia7 contributions
Great Experience
Oct 2021 • Family
Outstanding experience with interesting historical displays. Highly recommend taking a tour with Edward King, very informative and lots of fun!
Written November 21, 2021
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Lisa D
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Beautiful and Unique Home with a Top Notch Tour
Nov 2021 • Couples
We were only in Suffolk for a day and wanted to see something unique to the area. We found it! This home is beautifully maintained and decorated with such detail and care. The curator and tour guide, Lee, was such a joy to spend time with. His passion is evident in the stories he shares. The full tour takes at least 90 minutes so give yourself plenty of time. This is a must see if you’re near Suffolk!
Written November 13, 2021
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Lori N
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Awesome history lesson!!
Nov 2021 • Couples
The man who did tour knew anything and everything about this house and the family!! He was awesome! A must see when in town❤️❤️ I would definitely suggest. Four floors of awesome history! My daughter and son in law took my husband and I there. We are from Michigan! Would like to take the tour again!!! A Suffolk Gem❤️❤️❤️
Written November 12, 2021
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Tammy M
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House Tour
Nov 2021 • Couples
11/5/2021 - I’m here visiting my folks in Windsor. We had a tour with the most amazing knowledgable gentleman. He was a wealth of information, willing to share everything. He is very passionate about this beautiful home. I learned so much history and have already been sharing it with family. This was a 5 star tour!! I would definitely go again! Thank you for taking time with us.
Written November 6, 2021
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Christopher L
1 contribution
Hidden Gem
Nov 2021 • Friends
Have driven past this building many times and always wondered what it was..... glad we stopped in and took the tour. Tons of history in this house and the staff was very knowledgeable and enjoyable. Will definitely being my kids here for a homeschool class.
Written November 4, 2021
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Sarah M
Denver, CO88 contributions
Amazing but take advantage of the tour instead of going by yourself
Aug 2021 • Solo
This was a very interesting experience full of lots of history and education. The house is full of periodical pieces for this time frame & definitely deserves it’s place in historic sites & homes. The lady who did the personal tour was very good in knowing most of her facts & if she did not know an answer wasn’t afraid to admit it & together we found out the answer. She is definitely worth her weight in gold! Although some of the facts & period pieces I knew from my own family’s history, there were other facts & pieces that I got to learn about (almost something in each room). I would recommend spending time here as one can be greatly blessed if one remembers to take the time and just relax. It’s a very fun place to also see & enjoy but I am grateful to have spent the nominal fee to have such a great tour guide and to do a personal tour as I doubt if it would have meant as much w/o the tour guide.
Written August 27, 2021
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Sylvia L
1 contribution
Awesome historical site
Aug 2021 • Couples
Really fun and interesting tour! I’m not typically a fan of guided tours but I had a great time, a lot to see and very entertaining! Worth the trip.
Written August 1, 2021
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Paula Racey
Virginia Beach, VA2 contributions
What a Treasure!
Jul 2021
Our guide Joiyce is absolutely delightful and so knowledgeable.
We enjoyed all the personal information regarding the family that really made the home come to life.
Written July 27, 2021
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Eric A
2 contributions
Great historical tour of Suffolk!
Jul 2021 • Couples
A great historical tour of Suffolk through the lens of a family and home in the civil war era. Very well curated with original art and pieces. The tour guide was very personable and knowledgeable. Definitely a little gem worth visiting!
Written July 11, 2021
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Riddick's Folly House Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Wed - Fri 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM