The house became known as Bacon's Castle as it was used as a fort by the followers of Nathaniel Bacon. The fort was occupied during Bacon's Rebellion in 1676. Even though the fort is named after Nathaniel Bacon it is said that he never lived there or ever visited. It is believed that the name Bacon's Castle was not used until years after Bacon's Rebellion.
Preservation Virginia acquired the historic property in the 1970s and has carefully restored the property and added a small museum in addition to guided tours. Bacon's Castle was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places (1966), U.S. National Historic Landmark (1960), and Virginia Landmarks Register (1969). The site now operates as a house museum and historic site. March and November tours of the Castle are available on Fridays and Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.