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Smith's Fort Plantation

217 Smith Fort Ln, Surry, VA 23883-2910
+1 757-294-3872
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Took the Jamestown ferry to Surry and came across the Smith Plantation. Very lovely grounds. Almost... read more

Reviewed May 16, 2018
Renee H
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Colonial history ... and more

Tom, our guide, and caretaker of the property, provided us with a most interesting tour, explaining... read more

Reviewed May 6, 2018
FLworldwanderer
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Tampa, Florida
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Smith's Fort Plantation is nestled on the south side of the James River, located on the site of Captain John Smith's planned "New Fort", on the land given by Chief Powhatan as a dowry for his daughter Pocahontas upon her marriage to John Rolfe. The 18th century manor house retains much of its original woodwork and provides examples of early American and English period furnishings from the late 16th through the early 18th centuries. Built sometime between 1751 and 1765, this story-and-a-half Flemish bond brick house was home to Jacob Faulcon and his family. The name "Smith's Fort Plantation" comes from the fact that John Smith began construction of a second fort on this site in 1608. Smith's Fort offered a strategic location for a retreat fort away from the original settlement, but construction was abandoned early due to starving conditions at the first fort and conflicts with the local Native American tribe. A few years later after the successful union of Pocahontas and John Rolfe, the bride's father, Wahunsenacawh, was the paramount chief of Tsenacommacah (In 1607, the English colonists were introduced to Wahunsenacawh as Powhatan and understood this latter name to come from Powhatan's hometown near the falls of the James River near present-day Richmond, Virginia.), Gave his new son-in-law a grant of this land as a dowry gift. Although the couple never lived on site, their only son, Thomas Rolfe, later returned to Virginia and opened a tobacco plantation on over 400 acres of the property.
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217 Smith Fort Ln, Surry, VA 23883-2910
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Reviewed 16 May 2018 via mobile

Took the Jamestown ferry to Surry and came across the Smith Plantation. Very lovely grounds. Almost imagined being there back then.

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Reviewed 6 May 2018

Tom, our guide, and caretaker of the property, provided us with a most interesting tour, explaining in detail, each room of the home. Smith's Fort Plantation is a house and parcel of land located in Surry County. The current main house on the property, also...More

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Reviewed 17 March 2018

It was something to do. I wouldnt go super out of my way to do so especially at the end of the day. We did not get a chance to go inside the building as he was just locking up. But we could walk around...More

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

This was a neat place that we had never even heard of. It was very cold and the pipes were frozen, but we had a lovely tour and went down the very frozen and very HUGE pothole filled road to the remnants of the fort....More

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Reviewed 29 November 2017

After visiting Bacon's Castle, we visited Smith's Fort Plantation. There was an excellent lady who was the guide there, assisted by a kind gentleman. They were very knowledgeable of the history of house as well as the nearby area, and were able to answer all...More

Thank Celeste G
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Reviewed 17 November 2017 via mobile

If you are visiting Jamestowne, take the free ferry over the river and visit the restored plantation. It's located a couple of miles away from the ferry port. Visiting this rural area gives you an idea of how big the plantations were in those days....More

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Reviewed 12 October 2017

Six of us thoroughly enjoyed touring Smith's Fort Plantation Sunday, September 17 at 1:30. We bought a $12/sr combo ticket (with Bacon's Castle). Pink blossoms from crepe myrtle trees and huge Southern magnolias with large, glossy leaves and big red seeds were gorgeous. Pam was...More

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Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

My husband and I found out about this historical place today, and decided to visit. We spent a delightful couple of hours listening to Tom Forehand share his wealth of knowledge about this time in history.

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Reviewed 20 August 2017

If you enjoy early American history, be sure to cross the ferry and visit Smith's Fort Plantation while in Williamsburg. SFP is a peaceful, beautiful location, and the tour of the home is a real treat. At my visit, Tom was our guide, and he...More

Thank Penny0316
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Reviewed 13 August 2017

The history of this parcel of land dates to 1609, when Captain John Smith built his "New Fort" directly across the James River from the Jamestown colony near Williamsburg, Virginia. The fort was quickly abandoned due to dry rot and a rat infestation.The same land...More

1  Thank Taylor B
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