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  • Fort Henry Pass = more bang for the buck
    Fort Henry Pass = more bang for the buck
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  • Confederate memorial at Blandford
    Confederate memorial at Blandford
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  • various tombs and monuments fairly near the church
    various tombs and monuments fairly near...
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Petersburg Things to Do

  • Blandford Church & Cemetery

    Blandford Church was built in 1735 as the main centre of worship. The building was abandoned 70 years later when a new church building in downtown Petersburg caused membership to fall off. In 1901, work began to restore the building for use as a Confederate Memorial chapel. As part of the restoration effort, the Ladies Memorial Association asked...

  • McIlwaine House (visitor's centre)

    George Jones (an early mayor of Petersburg, not the country star) built this house in 1815. Between then and the time Archibald McIlwaine bought it in 1831, it changed hands several times. It is known for its beautiful woodwork and paneling. It was the former home of the Petersburg Visitor's Centre. As of April, 2010 the Visitor's Centre had moved...

  • Brick House Run

    The Brick House Run pub, at the bottom of the Friend House at Cockade Alley and Bollingbrook Street, was substantially burned during the Great Fire of 1825 and has changed repeatedly across the years. Since the 1817 reincarnation as the double kitchen of Nathaniel Friend's Row has left its mark. As the kitchens for one of the finest homes in town,...

  • Centre Hill Mansion

    Centre Hill is a blend of Federal, Greek Revival and Colonial Revival architecture. Inside, the rooms are filled with wood and plaster work, and the furnishings reflect all of its owners across the years. It was completed by Robert Bolling in 1823, and improvements were made by his son Robert Buckner Bolling in the 1840s. Robert B. Bolling and his...

  • Trapezium House

    This curious bit of architecture was built for Charles O'Hara round about 1817. Local legend has it that they built it with no right angles because a slave from the West Indes told Mr. O'Hara that ghosts live in right angles. Any way you cut it, this building stands out like a fly on a wedding cake.

  • The Farmer's Bank

    Just across Cockade Alley is the Farmer's Bank. Built in 1817, it is one of the oldest surviving bank buildings in America. It was one of a chain of banks in early Virginia. The first floor was dedicated to banking, while the upper floors were used to house the managing cashier of the bank. Inside, the building was restored as it was in the 1820s...

  • The Friend House

    At the top of Cockade Alley, to your left, stands the Nathaniel Friend House. It was built for him in 1816. Friend was an early mayor of the city. It is a three-storey double townhouse with dormers and a slate roof. On the first floor of the Bollingbrook side were two stores (as of April, 2010 a therapeutic massage centre and a sushi restaurant),...

  • Petersburg National Battlefield

    Almost 1/4 of the entire War Between the States was fought around Petersburg as Generals Lee and Grant wrestled for control of the railroads and supply lines the Confederacy needed for survival. Petersburg National Battlefield tells the story of the 10-month siege that caused the collapse of Richmond and General Lee's army. A highlight of the...

  • U.S. Army Quartermaster's Museum

    Most folks have heard in passing about the quartermasters, but many aren't certain about what they really do. Well, to sum it up so it will fit on a bumper sticker, they make sure the trains run on time. These are the folks in charge of moving tons of food, clothing, and ammunitions to troops all across the world. The quartermasters started at the...

  • U.S. Army Women's Museum

    This museum honours women's contributions to the Army from the Revolution to present day. There are plenty of artifacts, interactive exhibits, historical displays, and photographs throughout the galleries. The exhibit mostly traces the history of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps and the Women's Army Corps during World War II. Because the Army...

  • Weston Manor

    In nearby Hopewell, Weston Manor is mighty hard to find and, without a G.P.S., I'll bet you will have to stop somewhere and ask directions no matter how good you are. It was built in 1789 by the Gilliam family. The house, which overlooks the Appomattox River, is located in a part of Virginia where English settlement goes back to 1613. It is the...

  • Siege Museum

    This Greek Revival building was built between 1839 and 1841. It was originally designed as a commodities exchange for area farmers and merchants and it is one of few remaining buildings of the kind in America. It was only used as an exchange for 10 years because (and I'm not making this up: that's what the guide told me) agricultural traders felt...


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  • (Way) South of the Border in Petersburg

    I have to give thanks to the folks at the visitors centre for recommending this place to Jimmy and me. We had thought about going to Dixie Diner as I did when I brought David to Petersburg a year and a half before. When they said it offered South American cuisine, she didn't need to say any more. We gave it a try to see how authentic it was because...

  • nostalgia with a kick

    David and I decided on Dixie Diner as we walked up Sycamore Street as we toured the old town. On entering this restaurant, the high metallic ceilings, the turquoise interiour colour scheme (even though some of the decor suggested a French bistro), and tunes from the early 1960s (like "One Fine Day") carried me back to round about a decade before I...

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Petersburg Transportation

  • Greyhound-Trailways bus station

    This brick federal style building houses the Greyhound-Trailways bus station. Many bus stations are simply bus stops at garages and laundromats in smaller towns. This one, although antique in style, has a significant waiting and ticketing area. I have transferred buses here during my childhood (it hasn't changed a bit even as of October, 2008) and...

  • Petersburg Area Transit (PAT)

    The Petersburg Area Transit is a bus system tri-cities area (Petersburg, Hopewell, and Colonial Heights). There are twelve colour coded routes that extend to such destinations as Virginia State University, Southpark Mall, and Fort Lee. The PAT not only covers the tri-cities area. In cooperation with the Greater Richmond Transit Company, it also...

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Petersburg Shopping

  • Southpark Mall

    Southpark Mall is a good-sized shopping mall in the tri-cities (Petersburg, Hopewell, and Colonial Heights) area. It offers more than 80 stores from which to buy just about anything under the sun. Southpark Mall has been in the news recently requires visitors under 18 to be accompanied by a parent or guardian while in the mall after 6 p.m. on...

  • antiquing in Petersburg

    Although the store in the first photo has been on Old Street since 1973 and it's full of old things, this place never gets old. Apparently, this building was once a warehouse. It's tall ceilings and that indescribable antique smell has the look and feel of Grandma's attic. The second featured antique store is a patriotic-themed store on Market...

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Petersburg Local Customs

  • Sidewalk Art

    I guess this art was sanctioned by the city and it's not some very good artist destined to see his work destroyed as the city puts the sidewalk "right". However, along Sycamore Street not far from the old courthouse is this bit of artwork.

  • Cockade City

    As you drive to the visitor's centre, you'll make a narrow cobblestone street called Cockade Alley and I'll bet you wonder the origin of that name. Petersburg earned the nickname "Cockade City" due to their devotion to the cause during the War of 1812 inspired the nickname "Cockade City" in honour of the rosette they wore on their caps.

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  • Buy the Fort Henry Pass

    When you tour Petersburg, visit the Siege Museum first. When you purchase your tickets for that, get the Fort Henry Pass. For $11, you get the Siege Museum, the Centre Hill Mansion, and Blandford Cemetery and Church. Taken piecemeal, each attraction is $5 so you would save $4 (almost enough to get a dessert at Andrade's).

  • Southside Railroad Station

    Directly behind the Farmer's Market is the Southside Railroad Depot, built in 1856. It is the only antebellum railroad depot that survives to this day. That is no small feat given the Siege of 1864-65. However, the east wing was destroyed by the Great Tornado of 1993. The South Side Railroad was built and operated by slave labour, both rented and...

  • Farmer's Market

    The octagon building seen today is the fourth market building at this site. Note the iron brackets help support the outer canopy. You can still find local growers selling fresh vegetables, flowers, breads and jellies here each Saturday morning from April through to October. (Sadly, David and I were here on a Thursday afternoon.) Sometimes local...


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