City of Petersburg
Formally incorporated as a City in 1748, Petersburg, Virginia is rich in history and character. Rising from
the banks of the Appomattox River, Petersburg was once in the forefront of industry and commercial
opportunity and the second largest City in Virginia. Petersburg boasts history, geography and beautifully intact historic districts. Visible reminders of Petersburg’s prominent role in the emergence of the country are evident in the rich range of architecture and the unique
character of the neighborhoods. The Petersburg Old Towne Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places, offering architectural variety, restaurants, shops, and housing. Historical sites range from battlefields to old houses, including the Petersburg National Battlefield Park (which preserves the sites of the Civil Wars’ Siege of Petersburg and the Battle of Crater), Pamplin Historical Park, Blandford Church and Cemetery, National Museum of the Civil War, Centre Hill Mansion, and the Exchange Museum. One of the most architecturally refined properties is the Battersea, a Palladian-style house from the 1700s along the
Appomattox River. Petersburg has more to offer than just history.