For those in the Virginia Tri-Cities area here is a listing of historical sites only within the confines of the three cities. For my military friends in the area, some of these sites are very much worth visiting before the next PCS (in my humble opinion).

Enjoy!

 

Tri-City Area Historical Sites

 

Petersburg, Va

 

1. Blandford Church and Cemetary

 

Erected in 1735 on the highest point in Petersburg, Blandford Church is the oldest structure in the city. 

 

Still an active burial ground, Blandford Cemetery’s oldest marked grave dates to 1702. An incredible collection of 18th, 19th, and 20th century styles of burial and funerary art, tombstones, ironwork, and landscaping are represented throughout the grounds. 

 

Decoration Day

On June 9, 1866, the first Decoration Day service was conducted by the Ladies Memorial Association of Petersburg. This event became the inspiration for the national observance of Memorial Day.

 

Soldiers from every American conflict, including a British major general and three Confederate generals are buried within the confines of the cemetery.

 

Address:

 

111 Rochelle Lane

Petersburg, VA 23805

 

Phone:

 

Ph: 804-733-2396

 

Museum Fees and Hours:

 

Tours are offered every 45 minutes. Tour times for the historic Blandford Church are as follows:

  • Tuesday through Saturday: 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1 p.m.,
    1:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:15 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12:15 p.m., 1 p.m., 1;45 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:15 p.m.
  • The Blandford Church gift shop is open until 4 p.m.

 

Active duty military including spouses and children: Free (A valid military ID is required)

 

2. Centre Hill Museum

 

Built in 1823 by Robert Bolling IV, a Revolutionary War veteran and prominent citizen of Petersburg, Centre Hill remained a residence until 1936. Presidents Abraham Lincoln and William H. Taft visited Centre Hill while they were in office.

 

Address:

 

1 Centre Hill Ave.

Petersburg, VA 23805

 

Phone:

 

Ph: 804-733-2401

 

Museum Fee and Hours:

 

Tours are offered every hour on the hour. Tour times for Centre Hill Museum are as follows:

  • Tuesday through Saturday: Starting at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • The Centre Hill Museum gift shop is open until 4 p.m.

 

Active duty military including spouses and children: Free (A valid military ID is required)

 

  1. Siege Museum

 

Housed in the Exchange Building, the permanent exhibit interprets civilian life in Petersburg before, during, and immediately after the Civil War. 

 

Address:

 

15 W. Bank St.

Petersburg, VA 23803

 

Phone:

Ph: 804-733-2404

 

Museum Fee and Hours:

 

  • Tuesday through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Closed Mondays)
  • Sunday: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Active duty military including spouses and children: Free (A valid military ID is required)

 

4. Petersburg National Battlefield

 

The Siege of Petersburg: The Longest Military Event of the Civil War

Nine and a half months, 70,000 casualties, the suffering of civilians, thousands of U. S. Colored Troops fighting for the freedom of their race, and the decline of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of No. Virginia all describe the Siege of Petersburg. It was here Gen. Ulysses S. Grant cut off all of Petersburg’s supply lines ensuring the fall of Richmond on April 3, 1865. Six days later, Lee surrendered.

Address: 

Grant’s Headquarter’s at City Point

1001 Pecan Avenue, Hopewell, VA.
(804) 458-9504

Eastern Front

5001 Siege Road, Petersburg, VA
(804) 732-3531 ext.200

Five Forks Battlefield

9840 Courthouse Road, Dinwiddie, VA
(804) 469-4093


Poplar Grove National Cemetery

8005 Vaughan Road, Petersburg, VA

  1. 861-2488

Fees:

Eastern Front Visitor Center

$5 /car – 7 Days

$3 /individual entry – 7 Days

$15/ Petersburg National Battlefield Annual Pass

 

Details

The individual entry applies to an individual coming in on foot, motorcycle, or bicycle.

Five Forks Battlefield
No Fees

Grant’s Headquarters at City Point
No Fees

Poplar Grove National Cemetery
No Fees

  1. Pamplin Historical Park and The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier

Located on the site of the April 2, 1865 “Breakthrough,” the battle that ended the Petersburg Campaign and led to the evacuation of the Confederate capital at Richmond, the Park’s 424 acres include four award-winning museums, four antebellum homes, living history venues, and shopping facilities. The Park is located in Dinwiddie county, near Petersburg, Virginia.

Address:

6125 Boydton Plank Rd, Petersburg, VA 23803

 

Phone:

 

  1. 861-2408

 

Museum Hours and Fees:

 

Adults: 12.00

 

Winter Hours of Operation

Dec. 2, 2013 through March 2, 2014, the Park is open Saturday – Sunday from 9:00 – 5:00. The Park is closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day but open the week between: December 26-31, 2013.

 

 

  1. Battersea Foundation

 

Address:

 

“Battersea is a remarkable place. That such an important colonial house survives into the 21st Century is a remarkable feat in and of itself. John Banister’s role as the first Mayor of Petersburg, a Revolutionary delegate, a Congressman and a signer of the Articles of Confederation speak to the national importance of the events that took place within these walls and on this land.”

1289 Upper Appomattox Lane
Petersburg, VA 23803

Telephone:

 

804.732.9882

Site Hours and Fees:

 

During the on-going restoration of Battersea, tours for individuals or groups may be scheduled by appointment. Please contact our offices and we will be glad to arrange a personal tour of this beautiful and historic property along the Appomattox. 

  1. U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum

Since 1957 the Quartermaster Museum has preserved the history and heritage of the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps, the Army’s oldest logistic branch. From the Revolution to the Persian Gulf, America’s secret weapon is the one that keeps soldiers supplied with food, water, clothing, fuel, shelter and other things they can’t survive combat without. This weapon is the Quartermaster Corps, and at the Quartermaster Museum, you’ll see how it’s sustained American soldiers since 1775.

Address:

 

 

1201 22nd St, Fort Lee, VA 23801

 

Phone:

(804) 734-4203

Museum Hours and Fees:

 

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Weekends, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day

 

Admission is always free.

  1. U.S. Army Women’s Museum

THE ONLY MUSEUM IN THE WORLD DEDICATED TO PRESERVING AND SHARING THE HISTORY OF WOMEN IN THE U.S. ARMY. THE ONLY MUSEUM OF ITS KIND IN ANY OF THE U.S. ARMED FORCES.

Address:

2100 A Ave, Fort Lee, VA 23801

 

Phone:

 

(804) 734-4327

 

Museum Hours and Fees:

Tuesday – Friday
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

Admission is always free.

 

  1. Petersburg Courthouse

 

The Petersburg Courthouse, built between 1837 and 1839, was the official Confederate headquarters during the Siege of Petersburg. On April 20, 1861, local volunteers formed in its square to enlist. On June 9, 1864, its bell sounded the warning for the local militia to meet the advancing Union cavalry.

 

During the Siege, soldiers from both sides could see the courthouse clock from the trenches and they set their timepieces by it. The clock tower was a favorite target of Union artillerists, who poured an estimated 20,000 shells into the city. When Petersburg fell on April 3, 1865 a Union flag waved above it.

Address: 

150 North Sycamore Street

Petersburg, VA 23803

 

Colonial Heights, VA

 

  1. Keystone Tractor Works

 

Our museum is home to over 180 fully restored antique tractors

 

Address: 

 

880 W Roslyn Rd, Colonial Heights, VA 23834

 

Phone:

 

  1. 524-0020

 

Museum Hours and Fees:

Mon thru Sat 10am – 6pm
Sun 11am – 5pm

Fee: Unknown

  1. Violet Bank Museum

Violet Bank served as General Robert E. Lee’s Headquarters from June 8, 1864 to November 1, 1864. Numerous Historic displays, artifacts, and period furniture are on display. The Cucumber Tree is located on the property of Violet Bank Museum. This tree, one of the largest in the world, is truly rare east of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

 

Directions:

303 Virginia Avenue
Colonial Heights, VA 23834

 

Hours:

 

Monday: Closed

Tuesday through Saturday: 10am to 5pm

Sunday: 1pm to 6pm

 

Fees:

 

Unknown

 

  1. Fort Cliffton

 

Fort Clifton was a Confederate stronghold on the Appomattox River, serving as an important link in the line that defended Richmond and Petersburg in 1864 and 1865.  Located on a high bluff at the junction of the Appomattox River and Swift Creek, the fort controlled navigation on the river north of Petersburg and was a formidable defensive bastion that wasn’t taken by Union forces until the fall of Petersburg on April 3, 1865.

 

Address:

 

Located behind Tussing Elementary School

5501 Conduit Road

Colonial Heights, VA 23834

  1. 520-9390

 

Telephone:

 

(804) 520-9390

 

Hours and Fees:

 

Open year round 7am to dusk.

Free admission.

 

 

  1. Old Brick House

 

 

Built in 1685 by Richard Kennon, an English gentleman, it is considered the oldest brick house in the region, and thought by some to be the oldest in Virginia.  The house is located on the promontory between Swift Creek and the Appomattox River, and was simply called “Brick House.”  The peninsula on which it stands is often referred to as “Conjuror’s Neck,” because an old Indian conjuror used to live there.  

Address:

131 Waterfront Drive
Colonial Heights, VA 23834

Telephone:

  1. 520-9476

Museum Hours and Fees:

There is no admission fee for interior tours to the site or for exterior visits.  Exterior views open dawn to dusk. Interior tours by appointment.

Hopewell, VA

  1. Weston Plantation

Here our volunteers and staff tell the stories of ordinary individuals who lived through extraordinary times in American history. A family with its roots in 17th century colonial America builds an impressive house on the Appomattox River and deals with life in a brand new country. Slaves provide the work force for this plantation as slavery is continued in this new country. A 12 year old girl and her family flee Hampton and the Union army and become refugees at Weston, only to find themselves once more living in a war zone. An immigrant family begins a new life at Weston during the unsettled postwar period.

Address:

400 Weston Lane

Hopewell, VA 23860

Telephone: 

(804) 458-4682

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Museum Hours and Fees:

Monday to Saturday: 10am to 4:30pm

Sunday: 1pm to 4:30pm

Guided tours of the house and grounds are available year round, Monday – Saturday from 10AM to 4:30PM and Sunday from 1PM to 4:30PM. 

Fee:$6.00

  1. City Point Museum

The City Point Early History Museum displays exhibitions highlighting the rich history of the area. It is housed in the St. Dennis Chapel in the National Historic District of Hopewell. This district contains a number of historic structures, including Appomattox Plantation, the headquarters of General Grant during the latter stages of the Civil War.

The chapel was constructed in 1887 as a Catholic chapel for Navy personnel in the area. In 1981 the building, at that point a private home, was deeded to HHFI. The building was restored and opened to public in 1995.

A free exhibit isopen at the City Point Early History Museum. Seeking Freedom Where the Two Rivers Meet: The Contrabands and City Point. The exhibit focuses on the story of the Contrabands who lived and worked in City Point, Virginia. The exhibition is part of the City of Hopewell’s participation in the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the Civil War commemorative events.  This exhibit is closed for the season and will repoen in March.

Address:

609 Brown Avenue 

Hopewell, VA 23860

Telephone: (804) 458-4682

Museum Hours and Fees:

Call for hours of operation.

  1. City Point National Cemetery

City Point (today’s Hopewell) served as General Grant’s headquarters during the Siege of Petersburg. Seven hospitals there administered most of the care for the injured and mortally wounded.

 

Casualties were originally interred in burial grounds near the hospitals. Later they were re-interred at City Point National Cemetery. More than 5,200 Federals are buried there, including at least 1,000 African-Americans who died fighting for the Union. The cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.

Address: 

10th Avenue at Davis Street

Hopewell, VA 23860

Telephone: 

  1. 795-2031

Hours and Fees:

Open year round sunrise to sunset.

Free admission.

 

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