Riddick's Folly was the 1837 town home mansion of the Riddick family, one of the region's wealthiest and most prominent families. The house served as headquarters for the Union Army during its occupation of Suffolk in the Civil War. Writings from some of the soldiers can still be seen on the walls. The museum features restored parlors, servant's spaces, and bedrooms with period furnishings and decor. 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 moldings and elaborate ceiling medallions throughout 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. Also open are the laundry and dining rooms, and our newest restoration project, the kitchen, is now open. Riddick's Folly also offers a tastefully stocked Gift Shop and would be a wonderful stop while you are in Suffolk.
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Welcome to Suffold a small coastal city in Virginia. While you are in Chesapeake stop by the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. This Refuge consists of over 112,000 acres of forested wetlands that await you to come and explore them while you are visiting. There is always something going to do in the Refuge year round. The 3,100 acre Lake Drummond lies at the center of the swamp, with the Feeder Ditch connecting the lake to the Dismal Swamp Canal to the east. Over 220 species of birds that have been identified so birding is always a popular thing found on the island. To help celebrate the birding the refuge puts on three different festivals celebrating Migratory Bird Day these include guided tours and workshops. Visitors enjoy sightings of abundant and diverse wildlife. White-tail deer, black bear, bobcat, river otter can be seen from the trails and just as popular as birding is hunting, the refuge does open hunting for overcrowding reasons and if you like to hunt you should find the closes hunting date near your trip. Summer brings in over 65 species of butterflies. These butterflies flock in the thousands and offer once in a lifetime viewing. The Swamp National Wildlife Refuge offers miles and miles of trails for hiking and biking. Also the 3,100 acre Lake Drummond lies at the center of the swamp and is open to canoes and kayaks. If you don’t have your own boat there are plenty of places surrounding the lake that have rentals. If you happen to visit in the winter months you may find glimpses of the thousands of snow geese and tundra swans that migrate here. Year round you can find breathtaking views at the Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.