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Bassett Hall

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Address: 522 E. Francis Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185
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+1 888-965-7254
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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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1940's Era Rockefeller Home

This is the house the Rockefellers lived in when they spent time in Williamsburg. It is just as it was in the 1940's when they spent time here. If you get the chance to take the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
ruralartist
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Cheraw, SC

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Mississippi
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94 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This trip was a bit different in Colonial Williamsburg as it was a look inside life in a home in the 1930s and 40s rather than the 1770s. Still, it was quite interesting to see the comparison to a home from less than a century ago to now, and it was neat to get a look inside the Rockefeller's vacation... More 

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Abington, Pennsylvania
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tour guides need to start limiting the size of the tours or issuing timed tockets so that the house can be fully enjoyed. Our tour included at least 20 people in spaces that should have accomodated 10 to fully appreciate. Too bad as the story could be better appreciated.

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Cheraw, SC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the house the Rockefellers lived in when they spent time in Williamsburg. It is just as it was in the 1940's when they spent time here. If you get the chance to take the Christmas nighttime tour I recommend it. They had people in character roles from the time, and it was well done. They also offer craft... More 

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Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I always enjoy visiting Bassett Hall and hearing the story of the Rockefellers and their devotion to Williamsburg. It's such a wonderful story and gives you great insight into how people who could buy or do anything choose to spend their time and what they value most. The house is wonderful to visit. I love the setting and the furniture... More 

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Hilton Head Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This quaint house was where the Rockefellers stayed while involved in the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg. He spent millions of dollars restoring the area. Worth the visit while in Colonial Williamsburg.

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Edgewater, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016

We visited Bassett Hall and found it to be wonderful. Our guide was very knowledgeable and patient. She was so willing to answer any and all questions regarding the house. Wonderful way to start our morning. Suggestion-check to be sure it is open.

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Bryantown, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

Who knew that the Williamsburg Inn was the Rockefeller's guest house? One of many interesting things we learned on our tour. The kitchen was like walking into my grandmother's kitchen and brought back fabulous memories. Go at Christmas if possible

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Swedesboro, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016 via mobile

We have been to Williamsburg many times icee the years and somehow we have missed this treasure. This is a guided tour of the main home. You begin in the reception room where you watch a short video and orient yourself to the site using a few museum descriptions. Then you go in for a great hour if the home,... More 

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St. Paul
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

When we toured this magnificent home we learned that it was purchased by John D Rockerfeller who spent summers there with his family. A small home by comparison to his other mansions, this beautiful colonial was so interesting. In part because it was furnished and decorated by his wife who loved American folk art, and also learning that John D.... More 

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Norfolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

The main house gives you a very personal look into the personal lives of John D. and Abby Rockefeller, Jr. At the various season and holiday times of the year the house is shown with items that fit the particular calendar time. The Bassett Hall Gardens Walking Tour (reservation required) is a great way to understand the trees, shrubs and... More 

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