Permanent Exhibit Galleries

Permanent Exhibit Galleries

Riddick’s Folly hosts two permanent exhibit galleries on its upper floors — “Our Bleeding Country” and The Mills E. Godwin, Jr. Gallery and Research Library.

“Our Bleeding Country”

Riddick’s Folly’s newest exhibit, “Our Bleeding Country” examines the Civil War’s impact on the Suffolk community. The exhibit features short biographies of a number of soldiers from the Suffolk area that fought in the war, a narrative of what life was like in Union-occupied Suffolk, and a display of rare and remarkable weapons used by both sides of the conflict. The title comes from a letter written by Jonathan Reynolds Smith, a volunteer in the Confederate Army and a former tutor to the Riddick children, just prior to his death in the war. “Our Bleeding Country” is part of the regular guided tour of Riddick’s Folly.

Mills E. Godwin, Jr. Exhibit Gallery and Research Library

The Mills E. Godwin, Jr. Gallery and Research Library honors the life of one of Virginia’s greatest governors. The gallery features many personal items from the Godwin family. Governor Godwin was a native of Chuckatuck, a rural Suffolk community. Governor Godwin was instrumental in ensuring that Riddick’s Folly would be available to the public as a museum. The exhibit gallery is available for viewing during Riddick’s Folly’s normal operating hours at no charge; it is not included in the regular guided tour. The research library is available by reservation only. Please contact the museum office for more information.

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“Our Bleeding Country”

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The Mills E. Godwin, Jr. Exhibit Gallery