For additional information, visit the Petersburg Visitors’ or Petersburg Area Regional Tourism’s Websites. Download Uniguide Audio Tour App for self guided tours of historic sites or book customized tours with Real Tours and Talks tour guide at 804-615-0107 or send requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 2020: “Historic All Hallows Eve” at Blandford Cemetery- Ocotber 31, 2020
November 2020: “Starvation Ball” at Center Hill Mansion
December 2020: “Holiday Open House” at Center Hill Mansion
The Centre Hill Mansion https://petersburgpreservationtaskforce.com/museums/centre-hill-mansion/
Located near historic downtown Petersburg, this history museum in brick Greek Revival was built in 1823 and featured in the movie Lincoln and is the PBS series Mercy Street. The mansion is outfitted in period pieces and decorated in the fashions of the early 19th Century and is considered one of the grandest homes in the city. Admission fee charged.
Address: 1 Centre Hill Court, Petersburg, VA 23804
Phone: 804-733-2402 Open: Friday/Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm Sunday 1:00-5:00pm Family Fun Day: April 2020 (date TBD)
The Farmers Bank of https://petersburgpreservationtaskforce.com/museums/farmers-bank/
The Farmers Bank of Virginia opened it’s branch in Petersburg in 1817, just five years after it was incorporated. It operated until the Civil War, at which time the bank was forced to liquidate and the building became a private home. Visitors can visit the old Farmers Bank to see displays on the banks history and old banking equipment. Tours begin at Petersburg Visitors Center
Address: 19 Bollingbrook Street, Petersburg, VA 23804
Open Friday-Saturday 11:00-3:00 Free tours
The Old Blandford Church https://petersburgpreservationtaskforce.com/museums/blandford-church/
The Old Blandford Church and Reception Center in Petersburg is a memorial to Confederate soldiers killed in the civil war. The church features Tiffany stained glass windows, donated by each of the Confederate states as a tribute to these men. Admission fee charged.
Address: 319 South Crater Road, Petersburg, VA 23803
“Breakfast With Tiffany”: May 2020 (TBD date) Decoration Day Service: June 9, 2020
Cemetery Walking Tours: July-September, 2020 Open Thursday–Saturday 10:00–5:00pm & Sunday 1:00-5:00pm
The Pamplin Historical Park https://pamplinpark.org/
The Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier located in Petersburg provides one of the best insights into the lives of the 3 million soldiers that fought in the war. The museum is very technologically advanced and features the latest in computer-assisted displays. Costumed interpreters play out the roles and can answer just about any question asked of them.
Address: 6125 Boydton Plank Road, Petersburg, VA 23803
Phone: 804-861-2408 Open Monday-Sunday 9:00-5:00pm
The Poplar Grove National Cemetery https://www.nps.gov/pete/learn/historyculture/poplar-grove-national-cemetery.htm
The Poplar Grove National Cemetery is home to the casualties of the US Civil War. Located near Petersburg, the cemetery is managed by the National Park Service. Visitors will find an interpretive center, many interesting displays, and a variety of park educational programs. The site is easily accessible off Route 301 or Interstate 85. Download Uniguide Audio Tour App for self guided tours of historic sites or book customized tours with Real Tours and Talks tour guide at 804-615-0107.
Address: 1539 Hickory Hill Road, Petersburg, VA 23803
Petersburg National Battlefield https://www.nps.gov/pete/index.htm
The Petersburg National Battlefield has three Visitors Centers located at Dinwiddie, Hopewell and Prince George Counties. Each one provides an excellent insight as to the key battle of the US Civil War. The centers are located on a 33 mile driving tour of the battlefield. The park recommends a full day be spent exploring the history of the battlefield. Download Uniguide Audio Tour App for self guided tours of historic sites or book customized tours with Real Tours and Talks tour guide at 804-615-0107.
Open: Monday through Sunday 9:00- 5:00
Closed: New Year’s Day (January 1)
Thanksgiving – USA (4th Thursday, November)
Christmas – Christian (December 25)
The interesting Siege Museum located in Petersburg is well worth a visit if not for the articles and history inside then for the building itself. Built between 1839 and 1841, the Greek revival style building has been restored to its former glory. Inside are fascinating items related to the 10-month siege of Petersburg during the US Civil War. The museum features several permanent exhibits along with a regular rotation of traveling national and international exhibits.
Address: 15 W. Bank St., Petersburg, VA 23803
Open Monday through Sunday from 10:00am-5:00pm
Closed on New Year’s Day (January 1), Thanksgiving – USA (4th Thursday, November), Christmas – Christian (December 25), Christmas Eve – Christian (December 24)
Fans of unusual architecture should be sure to visit the Trapezium House located in Petersburg. This strangely shaped house was built by an equally strange man, Charles O’Hara. Historical accounts say that Mr. O’Hara counted a pet monkey, parrot, and a white rat as his best friends. The house is unique in the fact that it has no right angles. Everything is on an angle in this house, which most visitors will find somewhat unsettling.
Address: 15 West Bank Street (Tour Begins) House located on Market Street
Petersburg, VA 23803