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“American Girl Workshop”

Riddick's Folly House Museum
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Suffolk
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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
Suffolk, Virginia
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“American Girl Workshop”
Reviewed 4 August 2013

The American Girl Workshop that we attended was extremely boring and led by someone who obviously did not work with children very often. The person tended to "talk" over the girls' heads and lecture more than "involve" the children in activities that would have excited them about the Riddick's Folly House or the American Doll. That and it was TOO hot and TOO many children and people in TOO small of a space. Just basically poor planning on whomever was the planner for this activity.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank rpfsmom
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English first
Titusville, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
208 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“A rare find in today's world.”
Reviewed 12 June 2013

An awesome tour of a 19th century home by the director. He explained so much about the home and the treasures within. It is an absolutely delightful home and you can almost hear the old stories from the walls as you walk from room to room .

Visited June 2013
1 Thank Bobanddiane M
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 September 2012 via mobile

Amazing. Toured with the director and he was so passionate about the time period. He had assembled much of the collection himself. Very interesting, beautiful house!

Thank Andreanboys
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Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
“Civil War in Suffolk”
Reviewed 10 January 2012

Civil War buffs will find a lot to see here. Don't miss it we will return.

Thank Joe S
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Chesapeake, Virginia
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great historical site to visit”
Reviewed 18 November 2011

This is a great tour of a 19th century house. We had a personal tour of the house and our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about any questions we had. Our children also enjoyed it and even though it took about 1 hour, it held their interest as well.

Visited May 2011
1 Thank Momof2kids321
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