12711 Old Stage Road
Chester, VA 23836
Phone: (804) 796-5200
Fax: (804) 796-3703
In 1864, General Grant selected City Point as the Union Headquarters. His T-shaped cabin still stands. Other attractions are: Appomattox Plantation (1763); Crescent Hills, a neighborhood with one of America's largest concentrations of Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalog Houses by Mail; the home and burial place of the only son of Pocahontas and John Rolfe and Weston Manor, an elegant 18th-century Tidewater mansion. After touring local landmarks and historic sites, take in a show at the Swift Creek Mill Theater or enjoy seasonal riverside concerts. Hopewell is a 20-minute drive from Richmond. Take Exit 9A on I-95 south.
Imagine a chicken costing $50! This excessive price was demanded of Petersburg citizens during the Civil War. The largest siege of any American city took place here when, for ten months, Union troops relentlessly attacked to facilitate taking nearby Richmond. The subsequent conditions in Petersburg are explored at the Siege Museum. The museum is located in the former commodities market and illustrates how residents lived before, during and after the War. Petersburg is about a half hour from Richmond. Take I-95 south into the city.
Centre Hill, built in 1823 and remodeled in the 1840s, then again in 1901, displays the evolution of several architectural styles. Once the residence of the Bolling family, it has always been the most magnificent home in the city. Ornate woodwork and a 1840s service tunnel that connects the work area of the house to the city are special features of Centre Hill. Petersburg is about a half hour from Richmond. Take I-95 south into the city.
The lives of 30,000 Confederate soldiers were lost during the Siege of Petersburg, one of the most devastating events of the Civil War. Blandford Church, built in 1735, now honors their memory. Here, at their graves, the first Memorial Day was observed in 1866. Fifteen Tiffany stained-glass windows, designed in their honor, adorn the building. Donated by southern states after the war, this is one of only seven complete sets of Tiffany windows in existence. To reach Petersburg take I-95 south about 30 minutes from Richmond.
A yawning crater still scars the site of Petersburg's Civil War battlefield. It was created when Union troops dug tunnels to detonate explosives under Confederates. The method killed thousands of men in an effort to break the line of defense. about a half hour Petersburg was under siege for ten months because it was strategic to taking the Confederacy and its capitol in nearby Richmond. A monument at the Park was recently erected to honor the contributions of African-American soldiers who served in both the Confederate and Union armies. Petersburg is 25 miles south of Richmond. Take I-95 south to Route 36 to reach the battlefield. No fee for Five Forks or Grant's Headquarters.
Just 20 minutes from Downtown Richmond resides Pocahontas State Park, an impressive 7,950 acre park that boasts activities such as boating, camping, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, and much more. With over 80 miles of trails and two fishing lakes home to the likes of the catfish and bluegill, Pocahontas State Park is a treasure trove of activities for visitors of all ages. The kids will adore the kiddie pool while you can enjoy the seclusion and peace you crave in a beautiful and natural setting. Open from 7 a.m. to dusk.
The Manchester Wall is located below the Manchester Bridge and features routes for all sorts of climbing - from top roping to sports climbing, this sixty-foot granite wall is one monster to tackle. The wall is a reminder of the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad Bridge which spanned the James River. Whether you are a recreational climber or an expert, Manchester Wall offers excellent fun and sport for those who love to scale walls.
Richmond National Battlefield Park consists of over 30 battle sites from the American Civil War, when Richmond was the capitol of the Confederate States of America. Many important sites from throughout the war are in the Battlefield Park, including Chimborazo Hospital, Fort Harrison, Drewry's Bluff and Tradegar Iron Works. The different sites in the park are actually spread over the entire city of Richmond as well as the surrounding counties. Today, the Iron Works is the visitor's center where you can find a map and more information about the entire park.
Richmond Slave Trail is a significant part of Virginia's history. The trail mainly describes the dark era when the trade of African slaves took place in Virginia in the 18th and 19th Century. It begins from the Manchester dock as it acted as a major port in the trade of enslaved Africans. The trail covers major landmarks of the period including former sites of the slave markets, Lumpkin's Slave Jail and the Negro Burial Ground. The trail ends at First African Baptist Church. Tours are provided by various agencies.
Three million men fought in the Civil War and the exhibits at this museum comprehensively demonstrate their circumstances and ideologies. Other attractions at Pamplin Historic Park include Tudor Hall Plantation, an 1812 Greek-revival home that was the brigade headquarters of Confederate General Samuel McGowan, and the Breakthrough Trail, an 1865 battlefield where Grant's Union forces broke Lee's defensive line guarding Petersburg. Three historic, walkable trails that take from 15-30 minutes each to walk - perfect for families with young children or those interested in some light walking in a gorgeous setting.
This 54-acre (21-hectare) island of the James River has undergone several avatars in its time. What once started as a home to a granite quarry, served the nation during the American Civil War by housing a prisoner-of-war camp. Today, the Belle Isle has shed that avatar as well to become a city park. A great destination for people fond of the great outdoors, Belle Isle gives visitors an opportunity for walking, biking, swimming, rock jumping, sunbathing, bird watching, kayaking and even boulder top picnicking. A natural habitat for wildlife, don’t be alarmed if you come across a raccoon or duck while you’re here. Belle Isle is accessible through pedestrian and bicycle traffic via McArthur Bridge.
The Belle Isle Skills Course is a set of trails that bikers can test their skills on. The nature and scenery is beautiful, with meadows, forests and rapids dotted throughout the trails. This course is an introduction for enthusiastic bikers to improve their skills. From a pump track to rock gardens and rock drops, this skills course will shape you into an expert in no time.