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Arts Adventure Rivers RecreationBattlefields BBQ petersburg area regional tourism v i s i t o r g u i d e happensinthe Best PART of Virginia PETERSBURGAREA.ORG chesterfield county colonial heights dinwiddie county hopewell petersburg prince george county happens when youre in the moment. When youre savoring a mouthwatering meal a special glass of wine or a cold brew. When youre watching a breathtaking sunset from the shores of the Appomattox or James Rivers or shooting the rapids in a kayak or watching eagles from the bow of a boat. When youre singing along at that lively concert or being inspired by a work of art. When you feel the adrenaline rush that comes with your bike leaping over the trail or sliding through mud to the finish line or the racecar speeding by at 200 mph or flying across the zoo on a zip line. When you hear the crack of the bat see the drop of a perfect putt feel the splash of hooking a large mouth bass or cheer on your team in fierce competition. Whenyou pick up an antique that takesyou back to a favorite childhood memory or reminds you of a time long past. When you are brought to speechless pause as you gaze across a battlefield where thousands fought and died. During your visit you are guaranteed to find LOVE because LOVE happens in The Best PART of Virginia contents Petersburg Area Regional Tourism PART P.O. Box 1808 Petersburg VA 23805 804 861-1666 Local Visitor Centers Petersburg Area Regional Tourism represents Chesterfield County Colonial Heights Dinwiddie County Hopewell Petersburg and Prince George County. Petersburg 19 Bollingbrook Street Petersburg VA 23803 804 733-2400 Hopewell-Prince George 4100 Oaklawn Boulevard Hopewell VA 23860 800 863-8687 I-95 North Carson Rest Area Mile Marker 37 434 246-2145 petersburg area regional tourism v i s i t or g u i d e happensinthe Best PART of Virginia Area Map............................................................4 Love our Rivers..................................................5 Love our Food....................................................6 Love the Arts.....................................................7 Love the Adventure...........................................8 Love our Sports.................................................9 Love our Shopping...........................................10 Love our Farmers..............................................11 Love our History.............................................. 12 LOVE Charles City County................................ 21 Love our Festivals............................................22 Cover photo by Ken Newman p 877.730.PART 7278 3 4 Chesterfield County Colonial Heights Dinwiddie County Hopewell Petersburg Prince George County LOVEourRivers Two Rivers Run Through It Enjoy peaceful afternoons on the James and Appomattox Rivers. Miles and miles of beautiful scenery unfold as you float along in a canoe kayak or boat. Watch the graceful descent of rare and majestic birds cast out a line and reel in a relaxing day of angling or experience a wild river adventure shooting the Level IIIII rapids. The rivers offer the Love of nature in The Best PART of Virginia Paddle Battle Whether youre out on the Appomattox River for a slow relaxing float in the summer sun or your heart is set on winning Friends of the Lower Appomattox Rivers annual Paddle Battle event is for you Bring your canoe or kayak out to the race or just enjoy the calm water historic sites and beautiful scenery p 877.730.PART 7278 5 LOVEourfood Dining in Style Service with a Smile Savor a river view feast in a historic building sip at the bar or chill on a patio. Whether you choose cuisine southern or South American Greek or Italian Cajun or French Englishpub grubor English tea room its garden-fresh its delicious and youll LOVE it. Our offerings are diverse and distinct and no two dining experiences are alike. Let the LOVE begin Visit for a full listing of our restaurants. The Secret Is In The Sauce Youll love the succulent pork and beef barbecue in The Best PART of Virginia Every locale has restaurants with their ownsecrettake on smokedcue. Two of our restaurants Kings Famous Barbecue and Saucys Walk-Up Bar.B.Q have been touted in Southern Living. Go to and follow our barbecue trail to a finger-lickinmeal youre sure to love 6 Chesterfield County Colonial Heights Dinwiddie County Hopewell Petersburg Prince George County LOVEthe Arts Feel the Vibe Experience Old Towne Petersburgs Friday for the Arts on the second Friday of each month. There are gallery shows wine tastings live music theme dining ghost tours and more for you to enjoy. Fantastic live theater performances bring laughter and emotion to the 350-year-old Swift Creek Mill and the Theater Company at Fort Lee. The Petersburg Symphony performs concerts throughout the year as does the Tri-Cities Community Band. The Petersburg Area Art League features rotating exhibitions and sponsors classes for aspiring artists. Visit for addresses schedules and ticket information. Beacon Theater Hopewells beautifully restored 1928 Beacon Theater hosts a full schedule of concerts with popular artists such as LeAnn Womack Travis Tritt and the Temptations. p 877.730.PART 7278 7 LOVEthe Adventure An Adrenaline High The Best PART of Virginia is not for the faint of heart. Theres always a race at the Virginia Motorsports Park. Pocahontas State Park offers trailblazing for mountain bikers runners hikers and horseback riders. Free fall at the Virginia Skydiving Center tackle the Treetop Zoofari Zip Line at the Metro Richmond Zoo or hang on tight while scaling walls in the largest indoor rock climbing facility on the East Coast at Peak Experiences Inc. Check out to find your adventure Eco Trek Adventures Fall in LOVE with kayaking on the scenic Appomattox River with Eco Trek Adventures. Bald eagle tours history tours twilight paddles and gourmet paddles are offered. They provide the kayaks you provide the excitement and nature provides the show 8 Chesterfield County Colonial Heights Dinwiddie County Hopewell Petersburg Prince George County LOVEourSports The Next Inning is Right Around the Corner No matter the season the game is always on in The Best Part of Virginia Our quality complexes draw youth high school college and adult baseball softball soccer lacrosse and swim teams from around the country. Golf Courses Get ready to hit the links Our region is home to courses perfect for the experienced golfers and bright-eyed beginners alike. For a listing of courses visit Petersburg Generals If you LOVE baseball youll LOVE our hometown team. Enjoy a hotdog and a beer while cheering on Petersburgs own collegiate summer league wood bat baseball team the Petersburg Generals Richmond Ice Zone Enjoy a cool glide on skates shoot a hockey puck or speed skate all at the Richmond Ice Zone. p 877.730.PART 7278 9 Find That Special Something Youre Sure To LOVE Dedicated shoppers know the fun is in the finding. Shops are filled with wonderful authentic and quirky antiques in Old Towne Petersburg downtown Hopewell and Chester Village but there are also treasures to be found along our country roads. All are local treasure troves of history and stories. spectacular one-of-a-kind items. You can also find specialty gifts vintage clothes sweet bakery treats locally-made crafts and more. Your search begins at LOVEourShopping Lodging Complement a great days adventures with a good nights sleep Excellent lodging opportunities are available through The Best PART of Virginia Whether youre looking for big-name hotels or cozy BBs youll find them at Petersburg Pickers The keen-eyed appraisers and experts at Petersburg Pickers are constantly picking estate sales auctions and liquidations to find the trendiest items to sell in their 10000-square foot warehouseKnown far and wide for their eclectic and avant-garde merchandise theres always a deal to be found when the goats are out. 10 Chesterfield County Colonial Heights Dinwiddie County Hopewell Petersburg Prince George County Craft Beer The craft beer craze has come to The Best PART of Virginia Quench your thirst with original local brews and diverse imports alike at any of our craft brew hotspots. For a full list of beer venues gastropubs and local breweries visit Keystone Antique Truck and Tractor Museum See over two hundred antique farm tractors and road trucks as well as a huge collection of local memorabilia farm tools glasswork furniture vintage gas pumps and Virginia tobacco products Pick Your Own The best way to ensure that your ingredients are at their freshest is to pick them yourself and get a taste of down-home Virginia farm living. Buy Fresh Buy Local venues at LOVEourFarmers Fresh From the Farm Fresh on Your Plate Nothing makes you feel quite so good as buying fresh and buying local. The Best PART of Virginia offers seasonal farmers markets as well as farms where visitors can pick their own produce or buy vegetables fruit berries organic meat fish eggs and local crafts. Find our Buy Fresh Buy Local venues on p 877.730.PART 7278 11 LOVEourHistory Put PART of Americas Past In Your Future History is all around us visitors have been coming here for over 400 years. From colonial settlers heading west to British soldiers fighting to keep the land from Union Confederate troops ending a long war to Czech Slovak immigrants coming to begin a new life from those training to defend our country to the Civil Rights leaders seeking equality and those who come every day to experience our past history is all around but sometimes easy to forget. In many places the last vestiges are fading away. But you can still find local museums and historic road markers guiding you to early settlements plantations monuments earthworks and trails that are tucked away from the rest of the world. Were here to tell you that not only is history worth the effort its easier than ever to go out and reconnect with the roots of Americas story right here in The Best PART of Virginia. Voices in the Shadows Haunted history is everywhere from Civil War soldiers walking the battlefields and the halls of stately mansions to paranormal investigators leading Spirited History Tours through historic jails and courthouses. See all of our ghost tour listings at Walk In Lincolns Final Footsteps See what Lincoln saw stand where Lincoln stood and walk where Lincoln walked. Visiting City Point todays Hopewell Point of Rocks Petersburg and the surrounding areas in the weeks just before his assassination you can trace the steps of Lincolns fateful journey in the closing days of the Civil War. Visit walkinlincolnsfinalfootsteps. com for more information. 12 Chesterfield County Colonial Heights Dinwiddie County Hopewell Petersburg Prince George County The Second-Oldest English Settlement in the New World Located on a bluff overlooking one of the most scenic points of the James River the Citie of Henricus living history museum transports visitors back to the days of Pocahontas John Rolfe and the early English settlers. The center of the site is a recreation of the original English fort complete with examples of early homes and demonstrations of cooking and gardening techniques. Meet period-dressed historical interpreters and learn about the daily lives of English soldiers their weapons and their fort. Visit a planters home and barn to learn about tobacco cultivation or the recreation of the first hospital built in the New World. 251 Henricus Park Road Chester VA 23836 804-748-1611. Henricus Church and Meeting Hall The reconstructed Henricus Church and Meeting Hall is open for tours as well as available for rental to make your business outing group event or wedding unforgettable IndianVillage A recreated Arrohateck Indian village demonstrates how native people lived before contact with the English settlers. Henricus Historical Park p 877.730.PART 7278 13 Petersburg National Battlefield The Longest Siege on American Soil Almost one quarter of the Civil War was fought in the Petersburg area as Generals Lee and Grant battled for control of the railroads that the Confederacy desperately needed to survive. Petersburg National Battlefield tells the story of the long siege that resulted in the fall of Richmond and the wars end. General Grants Headquarters at City Point While laying siege to Petersburg Grant established his headquarters at City Point a port town at the confluence of two rivers. Overnight the town became one of the busiest ports in the world as hundreds of ships delivered food clothing and bullets. The Eastern Front The Eastern Front features exhibits and audio- visual programs that introduce the story of the siege and its impact on the course of the war. Walk the battlefield to find the infamous Crater Five Forks Battlefield The last major battle of the Siege of Petersburg was fought here. Known as the Waterloo of the Confederacy the Union Army captured the last rail line that brought supplies to the besieged army leading to surrender. 14 Chesterfield County Colonial Heights Dinwiddie County Hopewell Petersburg Prince George County Experience Life in Civil War America Pamplin Historical Parks four-hundred-acre campus encompasses award-winning museums four historic homes costumed living history demonstrations guided tours three miles of trails and the Breakthrough Battlefield. Visit the Parks museums to explore the everyday lives of Civil War soldiers learn why slavery became such a divisive issue in American politics understand why one of the Civil Wars most important battles took place on a remote Virginia farm and even more 6125 Boydton Plank Road Petersburg VA 23803 804-861-2408 Toll-free 1-877-PAMPLIN. National Museum of the CivilWar Soldier Take an audio tour that narrates the life of many Civil War soldiers. See scale dioramas and rooms packed with artifacts and modeled to look like real Civil War sightsthe sutler the barracks the hospital the battlefield and more Pamplin Historical Park The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier p 877.730.PART 7278 15 Czech Slovak Festival This free outdoor event features musical performances plays polka dancing beer farm life exhibits foods from the old country and fun activities for children. You will want to taste the baked goods such as kolache. City Point National Cemetery Seven hospitals at City Point todays Hopewell cared for the injured and mortally wounded and the cemetery there is the resting place for 5000 Federal soldiers including nearly 1400 African-Americans who died fighting for the Union. It remains a burial ground for veterans today. 10th Avenue at Davis Street Hopewell VA 23860 804-795-2031. Blandford Church and Cemetery RareTreasuresThat Honor Fallen Soldiers Blandford Churchs magnificent stained glass windows were designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany to honor the Confederate fallen. A tour reveals its history as an eighteenth century house of worship its temporary abandonment its use as a field hospital during the Siege of Petersburg and its restoration as a Civil War memorial. Blandford Cemetery one of the oldest in America is the resting place for soldiers from almost all of Americas wars. A tour includes monuments and tombs outstanding examples of eighteenth- nineteenth- and twentieth-century gravestones sculptures and decorative iron fences. 111 Rochell Lane Petersburg VA 23803 804-733-2396. Prince George County Regional Heritage Center A Countys History Preserved by Artifacts Exhibits and Interpreters The fascinating history of one Virginias oldest counties Prince George is preserved here. The exhibits tell stories of the Countys pre-history Native American life plantations Civil War Beefsteak Raid small farms African Americans and European immigrants. 6406 Courthouse Road Prince George VA 23875 804-863-0212. 16 Chesterfield County Colonial Heights Dinwiddie County Hopewell Petersburg Prince George County Elizabeth Keckley Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley a free black dressmaker who befriended Mary Todd Lincoln was born and raised in Dinwiddie County as a slave. Point of Rocks Park The Bermuda Hundred Campaign The Battle Line Between Petersburg and Richmond In May 1864 Union General Benjamin Butler landed an army on the Bermuda Hundred Peninsula in Chesterfield County. His goal was to set up a base of operations and advance towards Richmond and Petersburg. Butler constructed his main defensive line at Point of Rocks along with an army hospital. The anchor of this defensive wall was the artillery bastion situated atop Drewrys Bluff. Just weeks before his assassination President Lincoln visited Point of Rocks. Today the house Lincoln visited may be toured and the park is available for hiking and biking. Point of Rocks Park 201 Enon Church Road Chester VA 23836 804-751-4946. Drewrys Bluff 7600 Fort Darling Road Chesterfield VA 23297 804-226-1981. Historic Dinwiddie Courthouse Dinwiddies History Preserved in a Nineteenth Century Edifice Built in 1851 the Dinwiddie County Courthouse was the headquarters of Union General Philip H. Sheridan during the Battles of Dinwiddie and Five Forks. The Courthouse now serves as home to the Dinwiddie County Historical Societys museum. 14101 Boydton Plank Road Dinwiddie VA 23841 804-469-5346. Siege Museum How Civilians Survived the CivilWar The Civil War dramatically affected the lives of the people of Petersburg. The story of how they lived before during and after the war is interpreted here. 15 West Bank Street Petersburg VA 23803 804-733-2402. Chesterfield County Museum Chesterfield Story of a County and its People This is the place to begin your journey through the Chesterfields rich history. Exhibits depict Virginia Native American culture early European settlements the Revolutionary and Civil Wars and the first ironworks and coal mines in America. 6813 6819 Mimms Loop Chesterfield VA 23832 804-768-7311. p 877.730.PART 7278 17 Weston Plantation The Last Plantation on the Appomattox River Weston is the very essence of the eighteenth-century Tidewater plantation house. View exquisite furnishings and perfectly preserved architecture and learn about the generations of families who lived at Weston including Emma and George Wood two children who lived at Weston throughout the Civil War. All Manor ofThings Weston gift shop is a unique boutique where youre sure to find that special gift N. 21st Avenue and Weston Lane Hopewell VA 23860 804-458-4682. Centre Hill A Popular Movie Set Built in 1823 Presidents Lincoln and Taft have visited Centre Hill. Its basement galleries feature exhibitions on the history of Petersburg and furnishings from First Baptist Church the oldest African-American congregation in America. Centre Hill has been used as a set for many feature films and TV series including Killing Lincoln TURN Washingtons Spies Ithaca and Mercy Street. One Centre Hill Court Petersburg VA 23803 804-733-2401. Violet Bank Museum Lees Headquarters During the Siege This stately perfectly preserved home served as the headquarters of General Robert E. Lee during the Siege of Petersburg. Lee was at the home when he received word of the massive detonation of gunpowder that began the Battle of the Crater. 303 Virginia Avenue Colonial Heights VA 23834 804-520-9395. Magnolia Grange Gracious Southern Living Built in 1822 prominent Chesterfield families have lived in this Federal-style house. It is noted for elaborate plaster and woodwork and beautiful authentic furnishings. 10020 Iron Bridge Road Route 10 Chesterfield VA 23832 804-796-1479. 18 Chesterfield County Colonial Heights Dinwiddie County Hopewell Petersburg Prince George County Civil Rights in Education HeritageTrail Follow the Trail through The Best PART of Virginia to learn about the courage shown by those who pioneered the equality we enjoy today. Heritage Trail listings on Pocahontas Island Black History Museum Pocahontas Island was home to Petersburgs earliest free African- American community and was once a stop on the Underground Railroad. The museum is home to a treasure trove of artifacts and other historical items of interest showcasing over 200 years of Black history. 224 Witten Street Petersburg VA 23803 804-861-8889. Juneteenth in Petersburg Hopewell On June 19th 1865 or Juneteenth slaves in Galveston Texas first learned of their freedom. That day was enshrined as a day to celebrate freedom and diversity in America and The Best PART of Virginia hosts festivals commemorating that historic date. For event schedules go to Petersburg Music Festival This annual music festival is held in Petersburg every summer featuring old favorites and new talents in jazz blues and gospel. Youll LOVE the sounds of our Jazz African-American History p 877.730.PART 7278 19 Mid-Lothian Mines Fort Lee Museums The Stories of Americas Army The U.S. ArmyWomens Museum is dedicated to female soldiers and their contributions to the wars throughout history telling their stories with artifacts interactive exhibits educational programs and videos. The U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum tells the stories of the Quartermaster Corps fromValley Forge and Little Big Horn toVietnam and present day. Significant artifacts include the nations first fifty-star flag General George PattonsWorldWar II jeep and General Dwight Eisenhowers field quarters. All visitors to Fort Lee must use the Sisisky Gate on Route 36. Picture ID vehicle registration and insurance information are required. Falling Creek Ironworks Park This park is the site of the first ironworks in the New World. The close proximity of raw iron ore wood for fuel and power provided by the falling water made the Falling Creek site perfect for this development. Today this archaeological site yields information about iron production. 6407 Jefferson Davis Highway North Chesterfield VA 23234. First Commercially Mined Coal in America Coal was discovered near the James River in 1701. Mid- Lothian coal was used to support the Revolutionary War and later fueled the ConfederacysTredegar Iron Works.You can tour the old mines or hike the many miles of forest trails surrounding the site. 13301 North Woolridge Road Midlothian VA 23114. 20 Chesterfield County Colonial Heights Dinwiddie County Hopewell Petersburg Prince George County Step Back InTime to a Genteel Era Berkeley one of Virginias most historic plantations is the birthplace of a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a U.S. President. The first official Thanksgiving celebration was held on Berkeleys grounds. 12602 Harrison Landing Road Charles City VA 23030 888-466-6018 Experience Eleven Generations of History Home of Virginias famous Carter family Shirley is Virginias first plantation and oldest family-owned business in North America. Shirley continues to be a working farm a private family home and a growing business. 501 Shirley Plantation Road Charles City VA 23030 804-829-5121 Family Connections and GoodTimes Rivers Rest Marina sits on the magnificent Chickahominy River. The setting provides ample opportunity for fishing birding boating or swimming. On-site lodging is available as well as beachside dining at its Blue Heron Restaurant. 9100 Willcox Neck Road Charles City VA 23030 Charles City County Berkeley Plantation Shirley Plantation Rivers Rest Marina Resort Upper ShirleyVineyardsThe Fruit of theVine in the Cradle ofVirginia Upper Shirley Winery is located along the banks of the beautiful James River. The winery set to open in late 2015 will house a tasting room commercial restaurant and banquet facility. There are 16 acres under vine on the plantation. Wine varieties include Merlot Viognier Petit Verdot and Tannat. 600 Shirley Plantation Road Charles City VA 23030 804-931-8027 Virginia CapitalTrail 52 Miles 400Years of History This paved biking and walking trail connects Virginias original capital at Jamestown with its present capital in Richmond along scenic Route 5. Ride your bike through vistas of rural beauty and historic significance. For more information on all Charles City attractions goto 21 LOVEourFestivals April A Celebration of the Vine Wine Festival Chesterfield Riverfest on the Appomattox Dinwiddie Smokin Barbecue Festival Petersburg May Fort Clifton Art Music Festival Colonial Heights Wonder City Craft Beer Festival Hopewell June Get Your Butts to Broadway Pork Festival Hopewell July Fourth at the Fort Ft. Lee August Chesterfield County Fair Chesterfield September Dinwiddie County Fair Dinwiddie Festival of Grapes and Hops Petersburg Great Beefsteak Raid Commemorative Dinner Prince George October Oysters Barbecue Battersea Petersburg Virginia Czech Slovak Folk Life Festival Prince George November Hopewell Wine Tasting Festival Hops in the Park Harvest Festival Chesterfield December Holiday Home Tours From Wine Beer to Oysters Barbecue The fun times come back year after year in The Best PART of Virginia Heres a samplingvisit for all our events. 22 Chesterfield County Colonial Heights Dinwiddie County Hopewell Petersburg Prince George County p 877.730.PART 7278 23