350th Anniversary of Bacon's Castle


WHEREAS, constructed in 1665, Bacon’s Castle is the oldest brick dwelling in North America and is an architectural gem that features rare, high Jacobean architecture and a restored seventeenth-century English formal garden; and 

WHEREAS,Bacon’s Castle has stood for more than 350 years and is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the Virginia Landmark Register; and

WHEREAS, an uprising in 1676 known as Bacon’s Rebellion, led rebels in league with Nathaniel Bacon to temporarily occupy the structure. Though Bacon never set foot on the site, by the nineteenth century, the home was known as Bacon’s Castle; and 

WHEREAS, Preservation Virginia acquired Bacon’s Castle in 1973 to launch a comprehensive study and restoration of the architectural gem and has opened the historic house and site to the public since 1983; and

WHERAS, through the support of the Garden Club of Virginia, the archaeological remains of the largest documented 17th century English garden in America were discovered and restored; and

WHEREAS, the slaves quarters, smokehouse, and barns provide a window into lives of the people who worked the land and struggled for their liberty; and

WHEREAS, Preservation Virginia is focused on using the rare platform that Bacon’s Castle offers to tell a story of the late-17th century America. With a combined focus on the cultural and political reasoning behind the first American revolt against the English Crown in 1676 and the 17th century beginnings of race-based slavery in the English colonies, the interpretation is uniquely positioned; and 

WHEREAS, in 2015, Bacon’s Castle celebrates 350 years of history and Preservation Virginia celebrates 42 years as its steward;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize 2015 as the 350TH ANNIVERSARY OF BACON’S CASTLE in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.