Introduction to Petersburg, Virginia
Petersburg, Virginia is 24 miles S of Richmond, Virginia (center to center) and 76 miles W of Virginia Beach, Virginia. The city is in the Richmond - Petersburg area. There are 33,740 residents in Petersburg.
English settlers landed in Virginia in 1607. At that time the area was inhabited by the Native American tribe known as Powhatan Confederacy. In 1646, the English established Fort Henry by the south bank of Appomattox River. The British tried to capture Virginia during the Revolution, through the Battle of Petersburg in 1781. In 1958, Petersburg was recognized as an All American city.
Petersburg and nearby Attractions
- Pamplin Historical Park
- Petersburg National Battlefield Park
- Blandford Church and Cemetery
- Siege Museum
- Sycamore Rouge Theatre
- Trapezium House
Things To Do In Petersburg
Petersburg has played a significant role in the history of the United States. This is why the chief attractions of the area are concerned with historical structures and sites. There are several amazing museums and historic sites in the city which provide detail about important chapters of American history. The Pamplin Historical Park is a 422-acre park that recreates the surroundings and life of a soldier during the American Civil War. It features a recreated Military Encampment, the National Museum of Civil War Soldier, and Tudor Hall.
Richmond International Airport is the nearest primary airport.
Petersburg Higher Education
Virginia State University, College of William And Mary, Southside Regional Medical Center, and John Tyler Community College provide opportunities for higher learning.