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Interesting places in Petersburg, Virginia:
Petersburg High School   Old Towne Historic District
Interstate 95 Exit 50, 51 Interstate 85 Interchange   Blandford Cemetery
Pocahontas Island   High Street Historic District
CSX Collier Yard   Petersburg Union Station
CSX (ACL) NORTH COLLIER Interlocking   Former Seward Luggage Company, Now Upscale Condiminiums
Folly Castle Historic District   McIlwaine-Friend House - 1858
Walnut Mall   Interstate 95 Exit 52
Appomattox Regional Governor's School for the Arts and Technology   Rountree Pontiac GMC Mitsubishi
Sol Cooper Gallery   New Southside Regional Medical Center
Sycamore Rouge   Dixie Diner
Centre Hill Historic District   Wabi-Sabi Restarunt
Rodeway Inn & Suites   Siege Museum

Petersburg is an independent city in Virginia, United States. The population was 33,740 at the 2000 census. It is in Tri-Cities area of the Richmond-Petersburg region and is a portion of the Richmond Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Petersburg (along with Colonial Heights) with neighboring Dinwiddie County for statistical purposes.

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Blandford Church, 1735

Blandford Church, 1735
Made by John H Bowman
Blandford Church in Petersburg, Virginia, has 15 windows, each designed and made by Louis Comfort Tiffany in the early years of the 20th century, nearly 200 years after the church was first built. In the photo, you can see bars over the windows, and each window also is protected by an outside sheet of plexiglass. Although the plexiglass spoils the view of the windows from the outside, they look glorious inside when the sun comes through them; unfortunately, photos are not allowed inside the old church, but a few photos can be found on line, as can some information about Blandford Church. Blandford Church was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 (#72001513), and the large cemetery surrounding the church property was added in 1992 (#92001371); the oldest grave in the cemetery is said to be from 1702. Blandford Church is the oldest building in Petersburg; the date on the stone sign on the front of the building (see below) is 1735, but various sources give dates from 1734 to 1737 (perhaps ranging from approval to finished construction). Now T-shaped, the portion on the right is the original structure; with the north wing on the left (and the brick wall surrounding the church yard) completed by 1770, though, the entire structure is quite old. When built, it was known as Bristol Parish Church and was in Blandford, a town later annexed into the city of Petersburg. Abandoned in the early 1800s, the church fared even worse during the Civil War; a fire ignited by Union artillery during the 1864-65 Siege of Petersburg burned out the church's interior. In 1901, the city authoirized the Ladies Memorial Association of Petersburg to renovate the old church as a Confederate memorial (30,000 Confederate dead from the Siege of Petersburg are buried in the adjacent cemetery, along with casualties from five other wars, among other people). Surprisingly, the exterior walls had remained in generally good shape. Each of the states of the Confederacy placed a Tiffany stained glass window in the church to honor its soldiers, and Tiffany donated the Cross of Jewels window that is set in the west gable (see above), bringing the number of Tiffany windows in the building to 15. Blandford Church is one of the museums operated by the city of Petersburg (The Siege Museum and Centre Hill Museum are the others); tours of the church are conducted on a regular schedule (admission is charged) and there is a gift shop in the visitor center to the north of the church. The objective of the Siege of Petersburg was, of course, Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy, north of Petersburg along the Appomattox and James rivers (which come together at Hopewell, a short distance NE of Petersburg). Petersburg National Battlefield occupies a large tract of land south and east of Blandford Church (see map).

The Crater

The Crater
Made by Legacy Images
Petersburg National Battlefield Park Petersburg, VA American Civil War 1861-1865 Siege = June 15, 1864 – March 25, 1865 Battle of the Crater = July 30, 1864 Confederate Victory at the Crater, but Lee eventually escaped the Siege and left Grant in control of the field. The explosion and battle of the Crater at Petersburg was one of the most brutal combat missions of the Civil War. With Grant's siege of Petersburg is at a standstill, a Federal regiment made up mostly of Pennsylvania coal miners, under the command of Lt. Colonel Henry Pleasants, devises a daring plan: tunnel under the Confederate trenches, and blow up the Confederate troops. A 586-foot tunnel is completed in a month, and four tons of powder is placed in the mine. After several attempts to keep the fuse lit, the charges explode. In a devastating surprise attack, the Federal Army had succeeded in killing hundreds of Confederate soldiers. Although a group of black soldiers had been specially trained for the attack that would follow, Grant pulled the soldiers from the front lines, fearing bad publicity. White soldiers - Ill prepared, and without leadership due to their drunken commander who exiled himself to a bomb shelter, charged through Confederate lines and into the 170-foot crater, only to be trapped and slaughtered in a counter charge.

22 North Sycamore Street

22 North Sycamore Street
Made by john.murden
Work Places and Living Spaces Tour, April 2007 The property was acquired in 2003 and renovations have been ongoing. Completion is scheduled for the end of 2007. The property is being transformed to a home and business with loft living space on the second floors, guest quarters and a studio and darkroom on the third floor, and a store, a courtyard and a wood and metal working shop on the first floor. The building was constructed in 1855 as a cotton warehouse. In the 1880s, an interior remodeling housed Thomas Moore Hats. Around the turn of the century, it became Petersburg Dry Goods. About 1906, it was remodeled again for the Titmus jewelry and optical showroom. It has also served as a boarding house, men’s club, clothing store and copy shop. Renovation surprises include center structural damage from prior renovations, a well in the basement, handmade bricks and signatures on the plaster from workmen as early as 1876.

Blandford Cemetery

Blandford Cemetery
Made by John H Bowman
This shows a small part of the cemetery adjacent to historic Blandford Church (preceding photo) on South Crater Road (US 460 & 301) in Petersburg, Virginia. We were there Monday, a beautiful but rather cool and breezy day. One reason for this B&W image is that the grass still had a very wintry look, and that is less apparent in B&W -- but I also really like the way the sky and the grave stones show up in B&W. The oldest grave stone in this large cemetery is said to date from 1702; dead from six wars are buried here, including 30,000 Confederate soldiers from the Civil War, but it assuredly is not just a military burial ground. We want to go back and spend more time there when the dogwoods are in bloom. The cemetery was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992 (#92001371). Best when viewed large, in the light box.

The Union Mine at Petersburg

The Union Mine at Petersburg
Made by rhilton4u
Entrance to the tunnel Union forces dug in an attempt to undermine a Confederate salient and blow it up. The plan was initially suggested by a Union soldier who had been a coal miner before the war. It took the miners about a month to dig the 511 foot and the 2 side galleries. The Confederates had guessed the Union intent and dug a couple of countermines, narrowly missing one of the galleries. At the last minute the plan was changed to send several regiments of white soldiers (instead of the US black troops) who had trained for the mission. The explosion created the crater as planned, but the untrained troops rushed down into the crater instead of going around. The sides were very steep and the troops were trapped in the crater and most were killed or captured after the Confederates recovered from the initial shock of the explosion.

Tunnel entrance

Tunnel entrance
Made by bdinphoenix
Lieutenant Colonel Henry Pleasants, from Pennsylvania's coal mining region, said this tunnel would work. Generals Meade and Grant were anxious to break the stalemate around Petersburg. So union engineers tunneled under the confederate lines, packed the area with explosives and detonated them. It created a huge crater in the confederate lines but the Union army, having made a last minute change in its attack force from trained black troopers to untrained white troopers, failed to exploit the breech and it turned into a union debacle. This is the actual entrance to the tunnel that was dug under confederate lines. The tunnel took a month to dig and was 511 feet long, with storage at the end to hold the explosives.

Tombstone House, Petersburg, VA

Tombstone House, Petersburg, VA
Made by Dean Jeffrey
1736 Youngs Rd. The Tombstone House was built in 1934 by Oswald Young out of the tombstones of 2,200 Union soldiers killed in the siege of Petersburg. There are two slightly differing versions of how the house came to be. One is that Poplar Grove Cemetery ripped out the tombstones, replaced them something easier to maintain, sold the tombstones to Young for the construction of his house, and that the inscriptions on the stones face inward and were plastered over. The other, more likely story is that the cemetery, looking to save on maintenance costs, uprooted the tombstones, cut off their lower halves, and then laid the tombstones flat in the ground. The two foot base of each stone was then sold to Young.

Arkansas

Arkansas
Made by Chris Laforet (Decompressing)
Pardon this being slightly fuzzy. I include it here only for completeness. This is why DIGITAL photography is better than shooting slides...that immediate feedback is great! I hope one day to stop off in Petersburg and reshoot it! Meanwhile, please enjoy the others in the series. This window represents the losses incurred by the state of Arkansas. The Old Blandford Church in Petersburg, VA was converted into a Confederate Memorial in 1901. The Ladies Memorial Association of Petersburg commissioned Louis Comfort Tiffany, the famous glassmaker, to create the stained glass windows for this building. He produced 15 windows, each with his characteristic coloration and depth.

2009 - 04 - 11 - Latin Hunk Art - Andrade Intl Restaurant Petersburg VA

2009 - 04 - 11 - Latin Hunk Art - Andrade Intl Restaurant Petersburg VA
Made by Mississippi Snopes (swamped by work)
From the Diary of Xenia C: January 9, 1992 I think I broke up with Wilmer on 11-21-91. I hate him because he lied to me too much he said he liked me but he didn't I should have been smarter because he did tell me he loved Ana and these two other girls. But I was so stupid I had to say yes and get my feelings hurt by another asshole, he reminds me of John. God I miss him. Wilmer is another faget or buthead for liking the Bitch Ana. I can't seem to forget him b'cause I always see him and my friends are always mensioning his name.

411 Cockade Alley

411 Cockade Alley
Made by john.murden
Work Places and Living Spaces Tour, April 2007 The property was acquired in December 2006 and renovations began immediately, The target date for project completion is late spring of this year. Upstairs will be converted to an apartment with retail space below. The building was constructed in 1822 and served as a poultry market. The third floor was removed, but the date is unknown. Renovation surprises include a “void” in the concrete first floor and a treasure trove of papers hidden beneath the walls.

Sometimes it is good to reflect on something in the past

Sometimes it is good to reflect on something in the past
Made by Jim B's Photographs
Sometimes in decay you find beauty 18 Perry St. Petersburg Virginia today is a rapidly decaying house but was once Jonathan Smith's School House probably built between 1790 and 1820. The house you see reflected is McIlwaine-Friend House at 404 West Washington St. It was built between 1856 and 1858. During the Siege of Petersburg it served as the headquarters to General George Pickett. (source Old Petersburg by Thomas Hale and James H. Bailey)

LadiesMemorialAssoc

LadiesMemorialAssoc
Made by Chris Laforet (Decompressing)
This window is for the Ladies Memorial Association of Petersburg which petitioned for the memorial in this church. The Old Blandford Church in Petersburg, VA was converted into a Confederate Memorial in 1901. The Ladies Memorial Association of Petersburg commissioned Louis Comfort Tiffany, the famous glassmaker, to create the stained glass windows for this building. He produced 15 windows, each with his characteristic coloration and depth.

Abandoned Seaboard line.

Abandoned Seaboard line.
Made by CamperMike (running behind)
There was once a bridge here for the Seadboard line in Petersburg Va. The bridge was removed in 1981 or 1982. This is the same line that ran across these: www.flickr.com/photos/44509753@N03/4623033267/in/set-7215... Not a great shot I know. I was taken through the windshield. But considering the neighborhood it will have to do.

The Cameron Foundation

The Cameron Foundation
Made by villaverdigris
The Cameron Foundation's new headquarters in Petersburg, VA is an addition to an 1840s Greek Revival house. The addition reinterprets the massing and form of the old house by distilling the formal parts using horizontal and vertical glass slots and ribbons to separate the roof and walls into purely expressed elements. When lit from within, the roof will appear to hover over free standing white concrete masonry planes.

The Cameron Foundation

The Cameron Foundation
Made by villaverdigris
The Cameron Foundation's new headquarters in Petersburg, VA is an addition to an 1840s Greek Revival house. The Weddell-McCabe-Chisolm house was originally built as a private home between 1840 and 1845 by James Weddell, a native of Scotland. The house had fallen into severe disrepair, when we were asked to direct its restoration in 2009. The building is now complete. 228 South Sycamore Street Petersburg, Va

The Cameron Foundation

The Cameron Foundation
Made by villaverdigris
The Cameron Foundation's new headquarters in Petersburg, VA is an addition to an 1840s Greek Revival house. The Weddell-McCabe-Chisolm house was originally built as a private home between 1840 and 1845 by James Weddell, a native of Scotland. The house had fallen into severe disrepair, when we were asked to direct its restoration in 2009. The building is now complete, including a modern addition to the rear.

StBartholomew

StBartholomew
Made by Chris Laforet (Decompressing)
This window represents the losses incurred by the state of North Carolina. The Old Blandford Church in Petersburg, VA was converted into a Confederate Memorial in 1901. The Ladies Memorial Association of Petersburg commissioned Louis Comfort Tiffany, the famous glassmaker, to create the stained glass windows for this building. He produced 15 windows, each with his characteristic coloration and depth.

Open Field of Fire

Open Field of Fire
Made by Legacy Images
Pamplin Historic Park Petersburg, VA American Civil War 1861-1865 Siege = June 15, 1864 – March 25, 1865 Battle of the Crater = July 30, 1864 Location a good portion of the Confederate Lines during the Siege of Petersburg. Confederate Victory at the Crater, but Lee eventually escaped the Siege and left Grant in control of the field. Privately Owned Historic Site

The Cameron Foundation

The Cameron Foundation
Made by villaverdigris
The Cameron Foundation's new headquarters in Petersburg, VA is an addition to an 1840s Greek Revival house. The Weddell-McCabe-Chisolm house was originally built as a private home between 1840 and 1845 by James Weddell, a native of Scotland. The house had fallen into severe disrepair, when we were asked to direct its restoration in 2009. The building is now complete.

This Would Be An Amazing Haunted House

This Would Be An Amazing Haunted House
Made by taberandrew
A high-style Second Empire example with extremely elaborate pediments, which someone has seen fit to paint entirely from top to bottom in solid white. D'oh! Also, the rear of the place is . 228 Jefferson Street Petersburg, VA Linked from The Midnight Society

Videos:

The Crater at Petersburg Battlefield (3/12/07)
Here is a quick tour of the crater at the Petersburg National Battlefield in Petersburg, Va. from March of 2007. The Crater was featured in the movie


Musket Demonstration
A demonstration on loading and firing a Civil War era musket at Pamplin Park, Petersburg, Va....Civil War Pamplin Park Petersburg Virginia


oct 20 2007 petersburg va 11am @trinity (1011070953.3g2)
oct 20 2007 petersburg va 11am @trinity...mobile video cellphone


Petersburg Battlefield
of the Potomac lay siege to General Lee's Army of Northern Virginia in the trenches surrounding Petersburg, Virginia. Near the end of this presentation, you'll


Pamplin Park
Pamplin Park is a Civil War museum battlefield and mini-plantation south of Petersburg....Civil War Pamplin Park Petersburg Virginia


Brad Armentrout at Shiny Toy Guns St. Petersburg Florida
Park in St. Petersburg, Florida for the 97X BBQ Memorial Day event....Brad Armentrout Vinoy Park St. Petersburg Florida Covington Virginia fun awsome concert


City Point (Hopewell), Virginia
it is today. Hopewell is located at the confluence of the James and Appomattox rivers in Virginia....City Point Hopewell Virginia Civil War Alessi


Potomac Eagle
I'm dedicating this video to Gil and Ann...a West Virginia boy and his bride living in Germany. On October 27, 2007 my


Trip to Peking!
This is a trip through Petersburg, WV to the Peking restraunt....restraunt Petersburg West Virginia




Nearest places of interest:

Petersburg High School
CSX (ACL) NORTH COLLIER Interlocking
Walnut Mall
New Southside Regional Medical Center
  Interstate 95 Exit 50, 51 Interstate 85 Interchange
Blandford Cemetery
Interstate 95 Exit 52
Rodeway Inn & Suites

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