Erected in 1735 on the highest point in Petersburg, Blandford Church is the oldest structure in the city.
Originally built as an Anglican site for worship, it became an Episcopal church after the Revolutionary War and was abandoned for 95 years.
This 18th-century parish church is a memorial to the Southern soldiers who died during the Civil War. In honor of the Confederate dead, each state contributed a leaded glass window designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The weathered tombstones of Blandford Cemetery date to the early 1700s, and are surrounded by locally-made ornamental ironwork.
Some 30,000 Confederate soldiers are buried here where the first Memorial Day was observed in June, 1866. Tours of the cemetery are offered as part of the regular tour. Also the cemetery is the site of a special night tour on All Hallows Eve.
Museum Hours of Operation
The hours of operation for the museums in Petersburg are as follows:
Tuesday through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Monday.
Sunday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Historic Blandford Church & Cemetery Tours
Tours are offered every 45 minutes.
Tuesday through Saturday - starting at 10 a.m. The last tour begins at 4:00 p.m.
Sunday - starting at 1 p.m.. The last tour begins at 4:00 p.m.