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Petersburg City Historical Markers

Map of Virginia State Historical Marker Locations in the City of Petersburg

Petersburg City Historical Markers

Petersburg Churches
Blandford Church and Cemetery
The brick church on Well's Hill, now known as Old Blandford Church, was built between 1734 and 1737. The British General Phillips was buried in the ch... [click for more]

Formation of the Southern Methodist Church
One block west stood the Union Street Methodist Church, completed in 1820. There was held the first general conference of the Methodist Episcopal Chur... [click for more]

Grace Episcopal Church
The third home of Grace Church, a brick Gothic Revival-style building, stood on this site from 1859 to 1960. The congregation was founded in 1841 by D... [click for more]

St. Paul’s Church
St. Paul's Church was built in 1856. Here Robert E. Lee and his staff worshipped during the siege of Petersburg, 1864-65. Lee attended the wedding of ... [click for more]

Petersburg Schools
Bishop Payne Divinity School
The Bishop Payne Divinity School began here in 1878 at the St. Stephen's Episcopal Church Normal and Industrial School. For 71 years it prepared ... [click for more]

Peabody High School (1870-1970)
Peabody High School, originally the Colored High School, was established in 1870 in the old First Baptist Church located on Harrison Street. The seco... [click for more]

Virginia State University
The Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute was chartered on 6 Mar. 1882. The Readjuster Party was instrumental in supporting a state institution of... [click for more]

Petersburg Historic Homes & Houses
The First Methodist Meeting House
The first Methodist Meeting House in Petersburg was a theatre on West Old Street near the river rented by Gressett Davis. Robert Williams, a follower ... [click for more]

Two Noted Homes
Half a block south is the home of Major General William Mahone, famed for his gallant conduct at the Battle of the Crater, July 30, 1864. Two blocks s... [click for more]

Weddell-McCabe-Chisholm House
Scottish emigrant James Weddell (1807-1865) built this Greek Revival house about 1845 and lived there until his death. In 1865, Capt. W. Gordon McCabe... [click for more]

Petersburg General Interest
Battersea was the home of Colonel John Banister, a member of the House of Burgesses, the Revolutionary conventions, and the Continental Congress, as w... [click for more]

Battle Of Petersburg, 25 April 1781--Artillery Position
On 25 Apr. 1781, Maj. Gen. Friedrich von Steuben's 1,000 Virginia militiamen, driven from the eastern edge of Blandford, established a strong defensiv... [click for more]

Battle Of Petersburg, 25 April 1781--British Line Of Attack
On 24 Apr. 1781, Maj. Gen. William Phillips's force of 2,500 British regulars landed at City Point, 12 miles to the east on the James River, as part o... [click for more]

Battle Of Petersburg, 25 April 1781--East Hill
To the west stood East Hill (Bollingbrook), home of the widow Mary Marshall Tabb Bolling. After the 25 Apr. 1781 Battle of Petersburg, British Maj. Ge... [click for more]

Battle Of Petersburg, 25 April 1781--First Line Of Defense
On 25 Apr. 1781, American Brig. Gen. Peter Muhlenberg formed his first line of 500 Virginia militia here to meet the British. The line extended along ... [click for more]

Battle Of Petersburg, 25 April 1781--Flanking Movement
About midday on 25 April 1781, Maj. Gen. William Phillips discovered that the right flank of the American militia, on the edge of Blandford was vulner... [click for more]

Battle Of Petersburg, 25 April 1781--Second Line Of Defense
On 25 Apr. 1781, American Brig. Gen. Peter Muhlenberg's Virginia militia fell back west from Blandford, under heavy British fire, to a prepared line o... [click for more]

Battle of Petersburg
Here was fought the Battle of Petersburg, April 25, 1781. The southside militia, 1000 strong and commanded by Baron Steuben and General Muhlenberg, ma... [click for more]

Bollingbrook Hotel
After a fire destroyed John Niblo's tavern in 1827, Niblo assembled a group of investors who constructed on this site in 1828 the three-story Bollingb... [click for more]

Corling’s Corner
By the 1820s, Petersburg was developing into a major industrial city. The backbone of the city's workforce was enslaved labor. At this highly visible... [click for more]

Cottage Farm
A little north stood the McIlwaine home, Lee's field headquarters whence on the afternoon of April 2, 1865, the evacuation of Richmond and Petersburg ... [click for more]

Early English Exploration
In 1650 Fort Henry, now Petersburg, marked the western and southern extent of English settlement in, and knowledge of, Virginia. On 27 Aug. 1650, Edwa... [click for more]

East Hill
On the hilltop to the south is the site of East Hill, also known as Bollingbrook. There the British General Phillips, Benedict Arnold and Lord Cornwal... [click for more]

The site of an Appomattox Indian village burned in 1676 in Bacon's Rebellion, the present town of Ettrick stands on land that belonged to Ettrick Bank... [click for more]

Folly Castle
This house was the town home of Peter Jones, who built it in 1763. It was called Folly Castle because it was a large house for a childless man, but Jo... [click for more]

Fort Henry
Four blocks north is the traditional site of Fort Henry, established under the Act of 1645. In 1646 the fort was leased by Abraham Wood. From it, in 1... [click for more]

General Lee’s Headquarters
Three blocks north and a half a block west is the Beasley House where General Robert E. Lee had his second headquarters in 1864 during the siege of Pe... [click for more]

Golden Ball Tavern
Here stood a dwelling house, constructed about 1764 by prosperous tobacco merchant, Richard Hanson, who, as a fervent Loyalist, fled Virginia in 1776.... [click for more]

Graham Road
On June 9, 1864, Kautz's Union cavalry, 1300 men, after overwhelming Archer's militia, one mile south, moved westward on this road to attack the city.... [click for more]

Graham Road
Upon this site, on June 9, 1864, Captain Edward Graham, commanding two guns of the Petersburg Artillery, repulsed the attack of Kautz's cavalry, 1300 ... [click for more]

Joshua L. Chamberlain--Promoted On The Spot
In this vicinity on 18 June 1864 Col. Joshua L. Chamberlain received a near-fatal wound while leading a Union brigade in a charge against Confederate ... [click for more]

Matoaca Mill Site
Originally named the Providence Manufacturing Company, Matoaca Manufacturing (Mill) had its beginning here late in the 1700s on land then known as Oli... [click for more]

Mattoax was located to the south on the Appomattox River. John Randolph, Sr., built a house there in the 1770s that burned after 1810; it was the boyh... [click for more]

Poplar Lawn
Poplar Lawn is now known as Central Park. Here the Petersburg Volunteers camped in October 1812, before leaving for the Canadian border. Here Lafayett... [click for more]