Econo Lodge South
16905 Parkdale Rd.
Petersburg, VA 23805
Phone: (804) 862-2717
Fax: (804) 732-3479
Arts & Museums
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.
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.
Housed in a historic circa 1858 building, this 54,000 square foot art center features 70 artists' studios, a large gallery for a monthly juried All-Media Show, and the Mezzanine Gallery where they host six Single-Artist shows a month.
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.
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.
Pocahontas Island Black History Museum, located on the historic Pocahontas Island in Petersburg, VA. It was once a stop on the Underground Railroad, is home to a treasure trove of artifacts and other historical items of interest that showcases over 200-years of Black history. Black History and Civil War expert, Mr. Richard Stewart, is the museum's founder and orator who delights in taking museum visitors on an oral journey of black history in Petersburg, VA. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment. Bus groups, schools, tourists, and lovers of history are encouraged to visit to experience the museum's unique display of historical artifacts.
The Violet Bank, built in 1778, is a classic structure of two over two center hall typical of late Colonial style. The house has been part of lot of history. In 1810, the house accidentally caught fire and it took five years to rebuild the structure. In 1824, it served as headquarters to a General and a house to Lafayette on his last official visit to the USA in the same year. Lafayette gave the house a completely new look. In 1959, the City of Colonial Heights acquired the house for the first Chambers of Commerce and public library. Today, the house is an active historic museum.
Keystone Tractor Works, LLC, owns and operates Keystone Antique Truck and Tractor Museum, a Virginia museum that adds to the rich history of Virginia. It is right off Interstate 95, Exit 53, in Colonial Heights, VA. Stop by for a visit as you travel north or south on I-95.
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.
Westover was built in 1730 by the founder of Richmond, William Byrd. The view of the river and the beauty of the house and grounds make this one of the most enchanting spots in Virginia. The Elizabethan knot garden, a majestic gate topped with sculptures of metal and stone and sprawling lawns dotted with century-old tulip poplars are a delight to encounter. The intricately carved banister of the massive staircase is amazingly detailed. Charles City is about 1 1/2 hours from Richmond. Take I-64 east to Route 155 south to Route 5.
Henricus Historical Park is the former site of a town also known as Henrico Town or Henricopolis which was one of the early settlements of the area. Located in Chester, it overlooks the James River. It was founded in 1611 by Sir Thomas Dale and is now a living museum depicting the culture of that time. There are several structures and exhibits that are recreated and volunteers give an hands-on demonstration of the life of the people of that era. Various events are also organized on the site. To know more, check their website.
This Georgian home was originally part of Westover Plantation and was named by William Byrd for his daughter. In 1847, Evelynton became home to the Ruffin family. Their patriarch, Edmund Ruffin, fired the first shot at Fort Sumter which started the Civil War. A combination ticket is available with Berkeley, Sherwood Forest and Shirley plantations.