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City Point Open Air Museum

City Point Open Air Museum

Featuring 25 Historic Homes and Structures

City Point, the oldest part of Hopewell, was founded in 1613 by Sir Thomas Dale for the Virginia Company. Its strategic location on a bluff overlooking the confluence of the James and Appomattox rivers ensured a key role in Virginia’s history.

A Revolutionary War skirmish took place on its banks. General Ulysses S. Grant directed the ten-month Siege of Petersburg from the grounds of Appomattox Plantation. Overnight the tiny village became one of the world’s busiest ports, supplying 100,000 Union troops.

A pleasant walking tour highlights 25 historic homes and structures, with most focusing on City Point’s Civil War history. Outdoor storyboards located throughout the historic area enhance the visitor’s experience. Beautiful views of the James and Appomattox rivers add to the charm.

A free walking tour map and guide is available at the Hopewell Visitor Center and the City Point Early History Museum at St. Dennis Chapel.
 

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