Distinctive Destinations

Smith's Fort

  • Constructed: c. 1761
  • Location: Surry, VA

Situated on the southside of the James River, Smith’s Fort plantation is located on the site of Captain John Smith’s planned “New Fort”, nestled in the land given by Chief Powhatan as a dowry for his daughter, Pocahontas upon her marriage to John Rolfe in Surry County. Built sometime between 1751 and 1765, the story-and-a-half brick house is laid in Flemish bond and was home to Jacob Faulcon and his family. Furnished with pieces from the late 16th through 18th centuries, the manor house retains much of its original woodwork and paneling. Restored by Preservation Virginia (then known as the APVA) in 1933, visitors can now see the site of the 1609 retreat fort and the engaging manor home.

Smith's Fort

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