By: Terry Harris | Email: Click Here
Posted: Dec. 22, 2017 | 6:20 p.m.
SURRY – Bacon’s Castle is offering Buy One/Get One Free Admission to Surry County residents for the month of December to give locals a chance to see the authentic, period Christmas decorations.
According to Carol Wiedel, Site Coordinator for Bacon’s Castle, a great deal of attention was paid to making the decorations authentic to the period – which would mean minimal, with live greens.
“The decorations will be up through the end of the year,” Wiedel said, adding that they are lovely and “not what you’ll see at Williamsburg,” due to their being from an earlier period.
Wiedel explained that Bacon’s Castle is the oldest brick house in North America, having been built in 1665, then added, “And it is Jacobean style – which is also very rare. It’s the only remaining 17th century Jacobean structure in North America. It’s written up in textbooks. We have students come in and say they’ve studied it.”
The uniqueness of the decorations is remarkable, according to Wiedel, saying, “We have the yule log, and also a kissing bough. But their tradition actually was not really romantic. When someone came into your house you would hug them under the kissing bough and that would be to alleviate any bad feelings from the previous year – put it in the past.”
Bacon’s Castle, located at 465 Bacon’s Casytle Trail, Surry, VA, is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10-5 and Sundays from 12-5, but will be closed on December 24 and December 31. Call us at 757-357-5976 with any questions about the facility or the gift shop.