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Museums & History

  • Bacon’s Castle

    Built in 1665, Bacon’s Castle is the nation’s only surviving High Jacobean structure and oldest brick dwelling. The house and grounds are open for guided and self-guided tours where visitors get to see the house as well as its 17th Century English formal gardens firsthand.

    465 Bacon's Castle Trail
    Surry, VA 23883
    (757) 357-5976
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  • Battersea

    Built in 1768 by Petersburg’s first mayor, the Battersea house has seen countless historical events take place within its walls. The property also serves as one of the finest examples of a five-part, Robert Morris-style Palladian house, which is open for tours with reservations.

    1289 Upper Appomattox St
    Petersburg, VA 23803
    (804) 732-9882
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  • Centre Hill Museum

    Centre Hill was built in 1823 by a Revolutionary War veteran Robert Bolling IV as a residential building, which it remained until 1936. House tours are offered on the hour where guests will see examples of period rooms, architecture and decorative arts.

    1 Center Hill Ave
    Petersburg, VA 23803
    (804) 733-2401
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  • Chesterfield County Historical Society & Castlewood Plantation

    Housed in the Castlewood plantation house that was built in 1817, the Chesterfield County Historical Society partner's with the county's recreation department to offer historical events and programs throughout the year. The five-part Castlewood house itself is a historical rarity due to its unique layout and architecture.

    10201 Iron Bridge Rd
    Chesterfield, VA 23832
    (804 796-7121
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  • Chesterfield County Museum and Old Jail

    The museum and jail were the "New World's" second permanent settlement. Though a replica, the museum's exhibits includes examples and displays from of Native American culture, early settlement and both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, as well as other notable events in U.S. history. The museum is also equipped with a quaint country store, bringing guests back in time.

    6813 Mimms Loop
    Chesterfield, VA 23832
    (804) 768-7311
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  • Children’s Museum of Richmond – Chesterfield

    The Children's Museum of Richmond's mission is to create innovative learning experiences for children and inspire the next generation of creative problem solvers. The Chesterfield location is one of four in the Richmond area.

    6629 Lake Harbour Dr
    Midlothian, VA 23112
    (804) 474-7075
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  • Chippokes Plantation State Park

    Chippokes Plantation State Park is a unique combination of outdoor activities and historical attractions. The park has traditional accommodations such as swimming pool, picnic areas, campgrounds, equestrian trails and James River beach access, but also offers a museum that gives visitors a glimpse at Virginia's early history.

    695 Chippokes Park Rd
    Surry, VA 23883
    (757) 294-3728
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  • City Point National Cemetery

    The City Point National Cemetery houses thousands of Civil War veterans, honoring their sacrifice. Hopewell served as a supply depot and central hospital during the Union's local campaigns. Separated into six sections on its 6.6 acres, the cemetery is filled primarily with identified soldiers as well as 1,400 unknown soldiers.

    10th Ave & Davis St
    Hopewell, VA 23860
    (757) 723-7104
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  • Conference Center at Upper Brandon Plantation

    Originally the home of one of the founders of Jamestown, the Upper Brandon Plantation in Prince George County now serves as a beautiful option for special events, corporate retreats and meetings.

    1802 Upper Brandon Rd
    Spring Grove, VA 23881
    (757) 866-5000
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  • Eppington Plantation

    Eppington Plantation is rich with history, home to many stories about Thomas Jefferson, innovative farming techniques and early American formal architecture. Open to small tours by reservation only, Eppington Plantation is an African American Heritage Trail site.

    14201 Eppes Falls Rd
    Chesterfield, VA 23838
    (804) 751-4946
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  • Falling Creek Ironworks Park

    A small free outdoor historical park celebrating the history of the site for ironworks and its connection to colonial American history.

    6407 Jefferson Davis Hwy
    Chesterfield, VA 23234
    (804) 748-1626
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  • Fort Clifton

    Acting as a Confederate stronghold during the Civil War, Fort Clinton served as an important defense mechanism for Petersburg and Richmond. Fort Clinton is now open year round with no admission for those interested its history, hiking trail or other park amenities such as basketball courts and picnic tables. Also plays host to the Fort Clifton Festival each year.

    5501 Conduit Rd
    Colonial Heights, VA 23834
    (804) 520-9390
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  • Henricus Historical Park

    Located in Chester, Henricus Historical Park transports visitors back in time to the 1600s, when the settlers came to Virginia to colonize. The living museum successfully recreates the settlement, including the feeling and excitement of landing in the "New World." With events, tours and presentations, there is always something fun to learn at this historical park. A key site of the Richmond National Battlefield Park, "Drewry's Bluff" is also located at the site, not to mention a scenic view of the James River.

    251 Henricus Park Rd
    Chester, VA 23836
    (804) 748-1613
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  • Historic Blandford Church & Cemetery

    Blanford Church is the oldest structure in Petersburg, dating back to 1735. The cemetery is still an active burial ground with grave dates marked as far back as 1702. The grounds display a range of burial art, tombstones and landscaping from the 18th-20th centuries. When visiting the cemetery, one can find soldiers from every American conflict, including four generals.

    111 Rochelle Lane
    Petersburg, VA 23805
    (804) 733-2396
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  • Keystone Tractor Works

    Keystone Tractor Works not only allows visitors to learn about tractors seven days a week, but offers a walk down memory lane, diving deep into antique farm tractors dating back to 1917. The museum features hundreds of tractors on display, including various rare and beautifully restored models.

    880 W Roslyn Rd
    Colonial Heights, VA 23834
    (804) 524-0020
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  • Magnolia Grange

    Built in 1822, Magnolia Grange is one of Chesterfield County's oldest plantations known for its distinctive architectural features including ceiling coldings, carvings and frames. The house now acts as a museum which interprets 19th century life, and also houses a gift shop for the Chesterfield County Historical Society.

    10020 Iron Bridge Rd
    Chesterfield, VA 23832
    (804) 796-1479
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  • Mid-Lothian Mines Park

    The Mid-Lothian Mines played a pivotal role in the U.S. Industrial Revolution as one of the first industrial sites in the country. The mines reopened in 2004 as a historical attraction, welcoming Chesterfield County residents and history buffs to visit the mines and surrounding woodlands. The park includes tours, five exhibits and trails for walking and running.

    13301 N Woolridge Rd
    Midlothian, VA 23114
    (804) 796-7075
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  • Miles B Carpenter Museum Complex

    Includes the First Peanut Museum encompassing the history of the peanut with memorabilia and machinery, and the home of Miles B Carpenter.

    201 Hunter St
    Waverly, VA 23890
    (804) 834-2151
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  • Old Brick House

    Colonial Heights' Old Brick House was built in 1685, serving as the oldest brick house in the region and possibly the entire state. Guests can make appointments for tours of the interior, or view the exterior from dawn to dusk daily.

    131 Waterfront Dr
    Colonial Heights, VA 23834
    (804) 520-9476
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  • Old Towne Petersburg

    Old Towne or Downtown Petersburg is the heart of the city, offering great foods, shops and history all within walking distance. Antique shops, local restaurants and boutiques line the streets through Old Towne, with every building and surrounding structure holding deep history relating back to the early 1800s.

    216 N Sycamore St
    Petersburg, VA 23803
    (804) 732-0700
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  • Pamplin Historical Park & National Museum of the Civil War Soldier

    Pamplin Park is one of the region's most prestigious historical attractions, offering children and adults the opportunity to learn about the country's past, including The Civil War. Exhibits, guided tours, displays, live demonstrations and trails are just a few of the interesting activities groups can do on-site.

    6125 Boydton Plank Rd
    Petersburg, VA 23803
    (804) 861-2408
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  • Peter Jones Trading Station

    Though only ruins are left, the Peter Jones Trading Station was once served as a supply hub for exploratory and trade missions for those travels west in the 1730s. A place marker at the site in Downtown Petersburg has historical photographs and a detailed story about the former structure.

    Short Market St & Grove Ave
    Petersburg, VA 23803
    (804) 733-2096
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  • Petersburg National Battlefield Park

    Some of the most influential events of the Civil War and the shaping of Petersburg as a city happened on its soil. The Petersburg National Battlefield parks showcase the story behind the battles, including the Siege of Petersburg, which was the longest event in the Civil War. The park has history and activities for all ages, connecting everyone with the past as we build our futures. Petersburg National Battlefield park encompasses multiple locations, including Five Forks Battlefield and City Point.

    1001 Pecan Ave
    Hopewell, VA 23860
    (804) 458-9504
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  • Poplar Grove National Cemetery

    Established in 1868, the Poplar Grove National Cemetery honors the fallen Union troops during both the Petersburg and Appomattox campaigns. Open from sunrise to sunset and free of admission, the cemetery reflects the tragedy that befell our nation during the war as well as the opportunity to see first hand the human cost of war.

    1539 Hickory Hill Rd
    Petersburg, VA 23803
    (804) 732-3531
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  • Prince George County Regional Heritage Center

    The Prince George County Regional Heritage Center exists to tell the story of one of the oldest counties in the country, the original Prince George County being founded in 1703. The center holds historical events, volunteer opportunities and field trips for local students.

    6406 Courthouse Rd
    Prince George, VA 23875
    (804) 863-0212
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  • Siege Museum

    This unique historical attraction is a permanent exhibition which offers a look into civilian life in Petersburg before, during and after the Civil War. The building itself also serves as an example of Greek Revival architecture, with artifacts and art displayed inside.

    15 W Bank St
    Petersburg, VA 23803
    (804) 733-2404
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  • Smith’s Fort Plantation

    Smith's Fort Plantation is rich in history, dating back to the mid-1700s, with deep connections to John Smith, Pocahontas and John Rolfe. While visiting the plantation, you will hear the stories of these iconic figures in American history and view an impressive collection of fine colonial English and early American furnishings.

    217 Smith Fort Lane
    Surry, VA 23883
    (757) 294-3872
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  • Southside Depot

    The Southside Depot train station is the oldest in Virginia being built in 1854 as a two story passenger and freight line, and played an instrumental role in the Civil War. The station is now a predominant piece of Old Towne Petersburg and was featured in 2011 "Lincoln" film.

    Rock and River St
    Petersburg, VA 23803
    (804) 733-2400
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  • Surry County Historical Society & Museum

    On Tuesday and Wednesdays, uncover Surry County's deep history and historical sites at the Historical Society & Museum. The society's most recent project is the restoration of the first motorized ferry which was used to connect Jamestown to the Scotland Wharf in the 1920s.

    281 Bank St
    Surry, VA 23883
    (757) 294-0404
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  • Surry Nuclear Information Center

    Head down to Surry County and learn via guided or self-guided tours on how electricity works and why nuclear power is so important today. Interactive displays and fun tests test your knowledge and allow you to follow the path from source to energy.

    5570 Hog Island Rd
    Surry, VA 23883
    (757) 357-5410
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  • U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum

    The Quartermaster Museum has been preserving the history of the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps since 1957, honoring the heritage and traditions since 1775, more than two centuries ago. The museum has over 70,000 visitors a year, which includes more than 17,000 soldiers in training.

    1201 22nd St
    Fort Lee, VA 23801
    (804) 734-4203
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  • U.S. Army Women’s Museum

    The U.S. Army Women's Museum is the only in the world dedicated to sharing the history of women who have served in the U.S. Army since 1775. The museum shares detailed research and interactive exhibits dedicated to telling their stories.

    2100 A Ave
    Bldg 5219, Fort Lee
    (804) 734-4327
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  • Violet Bank Museum

    The Violet Bank Farm served as Confederate General Robert E. Lee's headquarters in 1864, at which time the Battle of Crater took place. Free of admission, the house now serves the city and history buffs as a museum, showcasing American decorative arts, Civil War artifacts and sophisticated ceiling moldings.

    303 Virginia Ave
    Colonial Heights, VA 23834
    (804) 520-9395
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  • Wakefield Foundation

    The Wakefield Foundation includes not only a local library, but meeting space, diverse classes and events for the community.

    100 Wilson Ave
    Wakefield, VA 23888
    (757) 899-6005
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  • Weston Plantation

    The Weston Plantation, built in 1789, overlooks the Appomattox River in Hopewell. The house serves as a classic example of Virginia Georgian architecture and has three stories. Open to the public through guided tours, much of the plantation's original moldings and chair rails are still intact.

    400 Weston Lane
    Weston Lane & 21st Ave, Hopewell
    (804) 458-4682
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