Bassett Hall

Bassett Hall
Earthenware Dog Figure
Needlework Picture of George Washington and His Family

The Story Behind the Restoration

Home to philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. and wife Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, Bassett Hall became Abby’s “Dream of Dreams.” During the home’s guided tour, you’ll gain insight into the lives and times of two of Williamsburg’s most regarded residents.

  • Bassett Hall Living Room

    Tour the Rockefellers’ Retreat

    Preserved to the original tastes of Mrs. Rockefeller, Bassett Hall tells the intimate story of two people and their wish for a retreat and a place of relaxation.

  • Bassett Hall Dining Room

    A Personal Collection

    See how the Rockefellers lived and the rooms furnished with Mrs. Rockefeller’s collection of “lovely things,” and the wares that accommodated them. From the eclectic furniture, folk art, and figures that decorate the spaces to anecdotes about how the pieces came into the Rockefellers’ possession, you’ll receive a glimpse into the 1930s and 1940s and the lives of two of America’s most prominent figures.

  • Bassett Hall Tea House

    Carefully Planned Gardens

    Outside, you can stroll the Colonial Revival gardens and imagine what a day might have been like for the Rockefeller family as they watched the restoration of Williamsburg unfold.

Schedule of
Operation:

Hours effective through
Sep. 2, 2016
Mon.: Closed
Tues.: Closed
Wed.: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Thurs.: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Fri.: Closed
Sat.: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sun.: Closed
Ticket Required?
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Upcoming Events at Bassett Hall Events

Jul 23
10:00 AM
Abby’s Art
After a fascinating tour of Bassett Hall, drop in at the cottage to learn about theorems. They were a favorite form of folk art that Abby Aldrich Rockefeller chose for this special home. Then, make your own piece of folk art to take home.
Jul 27
10:00 AM
Abby’s Art
After a fascinating tour of Bassett Hall, drop in at the cottage to learn about theorems. They were a favorite form of folk art that Abby Aldrich Rockefeller chose for this special home. Then, make your own piece of folk art to take home.
Jul 30
10:00 AM
Abby’s Art
After a fascinating tour of Bassett Hall, drop in at the cottage to learn about theorems. They were a favorite form of folk art that Abby Aldrich Rockefeller chose for this special home. Then, make your own piece of folk art to take home.
Aug 3
10:00 AM
Abby’s Art
After a fascinating tour of Bassett Hall, drop in at the cottage to learn about theorems. They were a favorite form of folk art that Abby Aldrich Rockefeller chose for this special home. Then, make your own piece of folk art to take home.
Aug 6
10:00 AM
Abby’s Art
After a fascinating tour of Bassett Hall, drop in at the cottage to learn about theorems. They were a favorite form of folk art that Abby Aldrich Rockefeller chose for this special home. Then, make your own piece of folk art to take home.
Aug 10
10:00 AM
Abby’s Art
After a fascinating tour of Bassett Hall, drop in at the cottage to learn about theorems. They were a favorite form of folk art that Abby Aldrich Rockefeller chose for this special home. Then, make your own piece of folk art to take home.
Aug 13
10:00 AM
Abby’s Art
After a fascinating tour of Bassett Hall, drop in at the cottage to learn about theorems. They were a favorite form of folk art that Abby Aldrich Rockefeller chose for this special home. Then, make your own piece of folk art to take home.
Aug 17
10:00 AM
Abby’s Art
After a fascinating tour of Bassett Hall, drop in at the cottage to learn about theorems. They were a favorite form of folk art that Abby Aldrich Rockefeller chose for this special home. Then, make your own piece of folk art to take home.
Aug 20
10:00 AM
Abby’s Art
After a fascinating tour of Bassett Hall, drop in at the cottage to learn about theorems. They were a favorite form of folk art that Abby Aldrich Rockefeller chose for this special home. Then, make your own piece of folk art to take home.
Sep 17
2:00 PM
A Neighbor Stops By
Tour Bassett Hall and meet the mayor's wife in 1934. Mrs. George P. Coleman became a close personal friend of the Rockefellers during their restoration of Williamsburg. 
Sep 24
2:00 PM
A Neighbor Stops By
Tour Bassett Hall and meet the mayor's wife in 1934. Mrs. George P. Coleman became a close personal friend of the Rockefellers during their restoration of Williamsburg. 
Oct 5
2:00 PM
Bassett Hall Garden Walk
Come stroll through the Rockefellers' garden at Bassett Hall! An interpreter shares stories about the family's visits in the 1930s and '40s, the flora and fauna they loved, the landscape architect who designed the gardens, and the events that unfolded under the Great Oak.
Oct 6
2:00 PM
Bassett Hall Garden Walk
Come stroll through the Rockefellers' garden at Bassett Hall! An interpreter shares stories about the family's visits in the 1930s and '40s, the flora and fauna they loved, the landscape architect who designed the gardens, and the events that unfolded under the Great Oak.
Oct 8
2:00 PM
A Neighbor Stops By
Tour Bassett Hall and meet the mayor's wife in 1934. Mrs. George P. Coleman became a close personal friend of the Rockefellers during their restoration of Williamsburg. 
Oct 12
2:00 PM
Bassett Hall Garden Walk
Come stroll through the Rockefellers' garden at Bassett Hall! An interpreter shares stories about the family's visits in the 1930s and '40s, the flora and fauna they loved, the landscape architect who designed the gardens, and the events that unfolded under the Great Oak.
Oct 13
2:00 PM
Bassett Hall Garden Walk
Come stroll through the Rockefellers' garden at Bassett Hall! An interpreter shares stories about the family's visits in the 1930s and '40s, the flora and fauna they loved, the landscape architect who designed the gardens, and the events that unfolded under the Great Oak.
Oct 15
2:00 PM
A Neighbor Stops By
Tour Bassett Hall and meet the mayor's wife in 1934. Mrs. George P. Coleman became a close personal friend of the Rockefellers during their restoration of Williamsburg. 
Oct 19
2:00 PM
Bassett Hall Garden Walk
Come stroll through the Rockefellers' garden at Bassett Hall! An interpreter shares stories about the family's visits in the 1930s and '40s, the flora and fauna they loved, the landscape architect who designed the gardens, and the events that unfolded under the Great Oak.
Oct 20
2:00 PM
Bassett Hall Garden Walk
Come stroll through the Rockefellers' garden at Bassett Hall! An interpreter shares stories about the family's visits in the 1930s and '40s, the flora and fauna they loved, the landscape architect who designed the gardens, and the events that unfolded under the Great Oak.
Oct 22
2:00 PM
A Neighbor Stops By
Tour Bassett Hall and meet the mayor's wife in 1934. Mrs. George P. Coleman became a close personal friend of the Rockefellers during their restoration of Williamsburg. 
Oct 26
2:00 PM
Bassett Hall Garden Walk
Come stroll through the Rockefellers' garden at Bassett Hall! An interpreter shares stories about the family's visits in the 1930s and '40s, the flora and fauna they loved, the landscape architect who designed the gardens, and the events that unfolded under the Great Oak.
Oct 27
2:00 PM
Bassett Hall Garden Walk
Come stroll through the Rockefellers' garden at Bassett Hall! An interpreter shares stories about the family's visits in the 1930s and '40s, the flora and fauna they loved, the landscape architect who designed the gardens, and the events that unfolded under the Great Oak.
Oct 29
2:00 PM
A Neighbor Stops By
Tour Bassett Hall and meet the mayor's wife in 1934. Mrs. George P. Coleman became a close personal friend of the Rockefellers during their restoration of Williamsburg. 
Nov 5
2:00 PM
A Neighbor Stops By
Tour Bassett Hall and meet the mayor's wife in 1934. Mrs. George P. Coleman became a close personal friend of the Rockefellers during their restoration of Williamsburg. 

Handicap Accessibility Accessible parking available. Reception building with wheelchair-accessible restrooms; theater is open captioned; first floor of house is accessible via a ramp on the west elevation (no elevator); grounds easily accessible, but nature trails are not recommended for guests with wheelchairs