Petersburg Journals

Historic Petersburg Virginia

A travel journal to Petersburg by Cindy Grant

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Quote: Full of history, Petersburg has lots of attractions.

Swift Creek Mill Theatre

Attraction | "Take in a show"

Swift Creek Mill Theatre Photo, Colonial Heights, Virginia
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Swift Creek Mill is probably one of the oldest mills. It was built around 1663, and continued to operate as a mill until 1956. The playhouse itself opened in 1965, and the Mill is a Virginia Historical Landmark and has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The theater is on the top floor, and there is a restaurant in the lower floor. Several productions are done each year, and they even have kids productions. We usually go each year with the school kids on a field trip. Our most recent one was for "Jack and the Beanstalk." After the play, we feasted on pizza, orange slices, and sodas.We have also gone to Christmas productions which featured ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 13, 2010

Swift Creek Mill Theatre
17401 Jeff Davis Highway
Colonial Heights, Virginia
(804) 748-5203

Lee's Retreat

Attraction | "Follow History in the Making"

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At the end of the Siege of Petersburg, General Robert E. Lee knew he had to get his troops out, and planned to meet with a larger Confederate force in North Carolina. The trail marking the retreat is a self-guided driving tour, and has 25 stops with audio narrative at each stop. It starts in Petersburg at the Railroad Station, and ends in Appomattox, where Lee surrendered to Grant. "Lee's Retreat" signs mark each stop; you can get a map of the retreat and a Virginia map from a VA Welcome Center or by mail: 800-6-RETREAT. Lee didn't get the supplies he needed, and Grant was constantly blocking his path to the south, resulting in his surrender at Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 30, 2010

Lee's Retreat
425 Cockade Alley Petersburg Visitor Center
Petersburg, Virginia 23804
(804) 733 2400

Tombstone House

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Attraction | "A Little Creepy"

Tombstone House Photo, Petersburg, Virginia
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In 1934, Oswald Young paid $45 for more than 2200 old tombstones, and then used them to build his two-story house. There are two versions of how this happened. The cemetery took out the tombstones, and sold them to Young; the inscriptions would be facing toward the inside and hopefully plastered over. Or the cemetery cut off the lower halves of the stones and sold the cut off parts to Young.Poplar Grove National Cemetery is in nearby Hopewell. 2200 Union soldiers from the siege of Petersburg were buried in shallow graves. They were eventually dug up and buried at Poplar Grove. Marble tombstones were placed as markers, but it was costly to maintain them. So the cemetery decided to la...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 30, 2010

Tombstone House
1736 Youngs Road
Petersburg, Virginia 23805

Noah's Ark Colonial Heights

Hotel | "Not your normal historic attraction"

Noah's Ark Colonial Heights Photo,
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PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS IN COLONIAL HEIGHTS, NOT PETERSBURG.

In the middle of the city, overtaking the yard of a small, modest house, sits Noah's Ark, well, a modern version. The man who lives here is building a metal ark, which sits in his yard. You can't tour it, but it's clearly visible if you drive by. I would guess that it is at least 50' long. About a 10 minute drive from historic Petersburg!

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 30, 2010

Noah's Ark Colonial Heights
Farris Avenue
Colonial Heights, VA

Alexander's Fine Foods

Restaurant | "The Best Restaurant in Petersburg"

Alexander's Fine Foods Photo, Petersburg, Virginia
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This has to be the best restaurant in Petersburg! We are repeat customers because we have not found any other restaurant where the service and food compare.Billed as Greek/Italian/American food, it is surprising that some basic Greek dishes are missing from the menu. The only other complaint I would have is that it is cash or check only, no credit cards.The specials are a little pricy, but I don't mind paying more for a meal if I know that I will be satisfied - and stuffed! They know us when we come in, and our drinks are on the table immediately. In the 20+ years that we have been dining here, we have only had to wait for food once, and that was because the owner was the o...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 30, 2010

Alexander's Fine Foods
101 West Bank Street
Petersburg, Virginia 23803
(804) 733-7134

Trapezium House

Attraction | "Odd Architecture"

Trapezium House Photo, Petersburg, Virginia
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The original owner of this house was Charles O'Hara. Legend has it that when he decided in 1816 to build the house, he was warned by a slave that evil spirits lived in placed with right angles. So he built a house without them! We visited years ago on a school field trip - too young to appreciate what we were seeing. I just remember that everything looked like it had been built crooked, and that looked really cool to us!In looking at it from the street, it appears to have right angles. I wish I could get another look inside, but unfortunately, the house has a private owner and there are no tours of it anymore. You can still appreciate it from the outside, as it is right o...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 30, 2010

Trapezium House
244 North Market Street
Petersburg, Virginia 23803
(804) 733 2400

Centre Hill Mansion

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Attraction | "A Beautiful Mansion"

Centre Hill Mansion Photo,
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Located on top of a hill overlooking the city, Centre Hill Mansion was built in 1823, and has been remodelled in different styles twice since then. This has to be the most beautiful home in Petersburg, and would have had a wonderful view of the Appomattox River. A tunnel dating from the early 1800's connected the working part of the house with the city below. We did a Halloween tour, and it was a nice opportunity to see the inside of the house in a different light. You will see several cool things inside. On a marble mantle, you will see a clock commemorating Lord Nelson's victory at the Battle of the Nile. Also on display is the dinner service trimmed in 24 karat gold. The story goes that it t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 30, 2010

Centre Hill Mansion
One Center Hill Avenue
Petersburg, Virginia 23803
(804) 733 2401

Battersea House

Attraction | "Beauty in South Petersburg"

Battersea House Photo, Petersburg, Virginia
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Battersea House is located on the Appomattox River in south Petersburg. It was built in 1768 by Colonel John Banister, who was a signer of the Articles of Confederation and the first mayor of Petersburg. The house has a two story center area with a columned front porch, and one story additions on each side. Due to it's age, some things like the interior and exterior trim have been replaced, but the house is a magnificent architectural example. The interior stairs are still original. Military re-enactments are still held on the grounds each year, and there are special events held year round. You can even rent the property for your own functions.

Tours are by appointment only!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 30, 2010

Battersea House
Battersea Lane
Petersburg, Virginia
804-732-9882

Siege Museum

Attraction | "An Interesting Museum"

Siege Museum Photo, Petersburg, Virginia
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In a beautiful building on Bank St., you will find the Siege Museum. As you can guess, the museum is mostly about the siege of Petersburg, and how people lived before, during, and after the Civil War. The museum is housed in the old Exchange Building, which dates from 1839. The siege was the longest one on US soil. No food or supplies could get through and the city was shelled almost constantly. The photography exhibit shows images of men in uniform, battlefields, building that were hit by shells, and how the soldiers and civilians lived in the city. There is a short film narrated by Joseph Cotton, a film star who was a Petersburg native.Wednesday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pmSunday ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 30, 2010

Siege Museum
15 West Bank Street
Petersburg, Virginia 23803
(804) 733-2404

Maria's Cafe and Italian Restaurant

Restaurant | "Authentic Sicilian Food"

Maria's Cafe and Italian Restaurant Photo, Petersburg, Virginia
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The owners of this restaurant are Sicilian, and they have warmly decorated the interior in a Mediterranean Art Deco style. The menu is authentic Sicilian cooking, with recipes brought here from Sicily. It's full of appetizers, soups, and salads, along with a large selection of wraps, sandwiches, and pizzas. Pasta dishes include all of your favorites, and there are quite a few checken, seafood, and veal dishes to choose from. Specials include Wild Mushroom Ravioli, which is incredible. Desserts are tiramisu, cannoli, and cheesecake.Moderate prices, great food, and a family atmosphere make this a great restaurant!www.mariasitaliancafe.com804-862-310016 W. O...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 30, 2010

Maria's Cafe and Italian Restaurant
16 West Old Street
Petersburg, Virginia 23803
(804) 862-3100

Sycamore Rouge Theatre

Attraction | "A Show in Old Towne"

Sycamore Rouge Theatre Photo, Petersburg, Virginia
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In the historic district of Petersburg, along the cobblestone streets, lies the Sycamore Rouge Theatre. Visit this area during the day and you could get lost in all the antique shops along Old Street. Venture here at night and you will feel like you are in a cafe in Paris.The theater opened in 2006, and there have been many productions here. We saw "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol. They did an excellent job and we will return again.You can't miss the front door - during the summer the red of the door stands out against the lavender of the wisteria and the black tables. The atmosphere is great, there is a beautiful staircase that makes you want to make a grand entrance, a fu...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 30, 2010

Sycamore Rouge Theatre
21 West Old Street
Petersburg, Virginia 28303
804.957.5707

Blandford Church

Attraction | "Beautiful Tiffany Windows"

Blandford Church Photo, Petersburg, Virginia
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This pretty little church was built in 1735. Restoration work began in 1901. The committee asked for donations from each former Confederate state to pay for Louis Comfort Tiffany to commission stain glass windows to be created in each state's name. He did 15 windows in all, and they are beautiful.There is a cemetery surrounding the church. The oldest grave is from 1702. There are graves for both Revolutionary and Civil War soldiers, and there is a newer section too. There are many different types of gravestones here, many have decorative fences around them.This is a beautiful place for a stroll, although it is a pretty big cemetery.www.petersburg-va.org/touris...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 29, 2010

Blandford Church
319 South Crater Road
Petersburg, Virginia 23803
(804) 733-2396

Brothers Pizza Italian Restaurant

Restaurant | "Simply The Best!"

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After leaving Pamplin Park, stop by this restaurant. It has a great atmosphere, and the staff is very friendly. The food is consistently good; the pizza is baked in a pizza oven. They have a huge selection of pasta specialties. They have a liquor license, which is almost non-existent in Dinwiddie County. They are especially proud of their heritage: inside the separate bar area is an antique cart painted in bright colors and framed pictures of the sights in Italy. Portions are huge; we always take home enough for lunch the next day. My favorite thing that I seldom find anywhere else is that they brush the top of their fresh baked bread with butter and sprinkle on parmesan cheese; also my niece'...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 28, 2010

Brothers Pizza Italian Restaurant
25809 Cox Rd
Petersburg, Virginia 23803-6517
8047333355

Pamplin Historical Park

Attraction | "Interested in war history?"

Pamplin Historical Park Photo, Petersburg, Virginia
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If you are interested in history, a visit to this park is a must. It is located just south of Petersburg in Dinwiddie County. It has four museums, four historic buildings, and self guided tours of a battlefield and a plantation house. A free audio guide is provided for a hike through the trails at the park. It was created in 1991 to save a Civil War site. The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier: the entrance stones list the numbers of soldiers who served from each state and how many died. There are several interactive exhibits.Tudor Hall Plantation: A restored home from 1812 furnished with period antiques.The Field Fortifications: A full scale model of...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 28, 2010

Pamplin Historical Park
6125 Boydton Plank Road
Petersburg, Virginia 23803
877-726-7546, 80

Farmers Bank

Attraction | "A Piece of History"

Farmers Bank Photo, Petersburg, Virginia
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Farmers Bank is an unusual building. It was opened as a bank in 1817. It was built in the Federal style, and features three stories. It became a residence after the Civil War. The bank cashier lived in the upper floors; the giant safe is still there to see. The vault was in the floor, and the cashier lowered the safe into the floor at night.

Open Friday - Monday, 10 am - 5 pm

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 28, 2010

Farmers Bank
19 Bollingbrook Street
Petersburg, Virginia 23803
(804) 733 2400

Hampton Inn Petersburg-Southpark Mall

Hotel | "The Best Hotel"

Hampton Inn Petersburg-Southpark Mall Photo, Petersburg, Virginia
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The best hotel in Petersburg is actually in Colonial Heights! The Hampton Inn/Southpark Mall is just 5 minutes from historic Petersburg, and is the best place to stay. I would not recommend any hotels in Petersburg! A left out of the parking lot takes you to Interstate 95 south, and you get off the next exit at Petersburg. The staff here is exceptional - they act like they are truly glad to be of service to you!Not a lot of traffic noise, and only a few minutes from the mall. Rooms are very clean and roomy, and there are 129 of them. There is a guest laundry, and a heated inside pool. Free wireless is available. Check out their free breakfast - they do a wonderful job of providing ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 28, 2010

Hampton Inn Petersburg-Southpark Mall
403 East Roslyn Road
Colonial Heights, Virginia
(804) 520-7333

Historic Petersburg

Attraction | "Overview"

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Petersburg is located in central Virginia, along the Appomattox River, about 25 minutes south of Richmond. It's also my hometown! It was a major transportation site - trains and river traffic travelled through and stopped here. It's a city rich in military history - many Revolutionary and Civil War battles were fought. The main highways run north to south - Interstates 85, 95, and 295. It's home to several military bases; I've worked at one of them for 24 years.Petersburg was founded in 1635, early colonists traded with the Indians here. Tobacco and cotton were huge crops.Petersburg is full of beautiful old homes - many have been converted to businesses now, but some rema...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 28, 2010