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Petersburg National Battlefield
In southeastern Virginia, near Petersburg
Preserved in this park are three tracts associated with General Ulysses S. Grants attack and siege of Petersburg during the Civil War. In the spring of 1864, after failing to defeat General Robert E. Lee's army and capture Richmond, the Confederate capital, Grant moved his army across the James River and attacked Petersburg. A 10-month siege resulted, ending when the last supply lines to Lees army and Richmond were cut. The site was established as a national military park in 1926, transferred to the Park Service in 1933, and changed to a national battlefield in 1962.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Auto touring, bicycling, hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, watching 17-minute map show. Facilities: 3 visitor centers: Eastern Front (Rte. 36 east of Petersburg); Five Forks (Courthouse Rd./SR 627, Dinwiddie County); Grant's Headquarters at City Point (Cedar La., Hopewell); interpretive signs, waysides. Gift shops, picnic area (Eastern Front). Programs & Events: 17-minute map show. Ranger-guided walks (mid-June-mid-Aug., daily). Tips & Hints: Visit in spring and fall. Go in Apr. for dogwood blooms, late Oct. for fall foliage. Busiest June and July, least crowded Jan. and Feb.
FOOD & LODGING
Camping: None in park. Near Chesterfield: Pocahontas State Park (10301 State Park Rd., tel. 804/796-4255; 65 sites; $20; flush toilets, showers, hook-ups). E3 Hotels: None in park. In Hopewell: Holiday Inn Express (4911 Oaklawn Blvd., tel. 804/458-1500; 115 rooms, 50 suites; $60-$95). In Petersburg: Comfort Inn (11974 S. Crater Rd., tel. 804/732-2900; 96 rooms; $75-$80). X Restaurants: None in park. In Hopewell: Papa Granny's (224 N. Main St., tel. 804/541-0910; $4-$10; closed Sun., no dinner Tues. and Thurs.). In Petersburg: Alexander's (101 W. Bank St., tel. 804/733-7134; $11-$15; closed Sun., no dinner Mon. and Tues.).
FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS
Entrance fee: $5 per vehicle. Stay off earthworks and on trails. No metal detectors or artifact hunting. No hunting. Leashed pets only. No mechanized equipment on trails. No horseback riding on paved trails. Park open daily sunrise-half hour before sunset. Visitor center hours: all are open daily 9-5.
HOW TO GET THERE
Eastern Front visitor center is 2 mi east of central Petersburg on Rte. 36. Grant's Headquarters is in Appomattox Manor on Cedar La. in Hopewell. From 1-95 or 1-295, take Rte. 10, then make a left on Appomattox St., and a left on Cedar La. Five Forks is on Courthouse Rd., off 1-85 in Dinwiddie County. Closest airport: Richmond (30 mi).
Superintendent, Petersburg National Battlefield (1539 Hickory Hill Rd., Petersburg, VA 23803, tel. 804/732-3531, fax 804/732-0835).
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