From Our Editors
Preservation Petersburg works hard to maintain Petersburg's past. The society hosts events and programs to recount the city's formative events and explore its iconic buildings, whose eclectic mix of architecture styles were featured in Steven Spielberg's Academy Award–winning historical drama, Lincoln.
Historic Sites and Sights
- Peter Jones Trading Station: Although it's now a handful of freestanding stone walls and a chimney, this oft-reconstructed building began as one of the original structures in the Fort Henry trading complex.
- Siege Museum: The Exchange Building—a registered national historic landmark—currently houses a museum documenting the lives of Petersburg citizens during the Civil War.
- South Side Depot: Originally built around 1854, this depot is the oldest railroad station in Virginia.
- Centre Hill Mansion: Three US presidents—John Tyler, William Howard Taft, and Abraham Lincoln—visited this stately home overlooking the Appomattox River.
- Blandford Cemetery: With marked gravestones dating as far back as 1702, the cemetery serves as the final resting place for a British general from the American Revolution, three Civil War generals, and two Virginia governors, among others.