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“What a Wonderful Prize in Suffolk!”

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
Reviewed 22 June 2014

We were given a terrifically informative and personalized tour of Riddick's Folly by our guide, Mr King. If he doesn't know something about the house or its contents, it probably isn't knowable! He shared the history of the building, and could tell us how the museum acquired many of the pieces on display. I plan to take all my out of town guests to Riddick's Folly when they visit. The gift shop has an uncanny variety of lovely gifts - not your typical tourist junk!

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Reviewed 9 June 2014

When told it was going to be an hour and a half tour I almost didn't proceed. Glad I did, as I got a detailed tour of the house, owners and timeplace in history. If you like old houses, old stories, antiques, or civil war history this is a must stop.

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Reviewed 2 May 2014

Suffolk's Civil War strategy and a romantic story got my attention, however there are many aspects to the tour to interest all ages. Stairs took me to an area where soldiers left their mark and to another room that celebrated the life of Gov. Godwin.

1  Thank Dianne D
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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.

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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 .

1  Thank Bobanddiane M
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