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Petersburg Day Trip

Created by: Dave

Day 1

  • Petersburg National Battlefield

    Petersburg National Battlefield
    Petersburg National Battlefield - Operations Building, 1539 Hickory Hill Road, Petersburg, VA, 23803

    (804) 732-3531

    Petersburg National Battlefield Park, located approximately 25 miles south of Richmond, encompasses a large area with battlefield sites and visitor centers.

    In June 1864 Ulysses S. Grant realized that the key to conquering Richmond was to bring down the remaining major supply source, Petersburg. Three days after an unsuccessful attack, Grant decided to surround the city and wear down the supply desperate Confederate soldiers. The Confederates under General Robert E.Lee, managed to hold off the Northern troops for 9 1/2 months. However, by early April the Confederates could protect Petersburg no longer and evacuated the damaged city. Both armies began their trek toward Appomattox leaving behind 70,000 casualties in what was the longest siege in American warfare. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Courthouse would occur one week later.

  • Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier

    Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier
    6125 Boydton Plank Road, Petersburg, VA, 23803

    (804) 861-2408

    A National Historic Landmark and one of “Virginia’s Best Places to Visit” according to the Travel Channel, Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier is a 424-acre campus offering high-tech museums and hands-on experiences. Called "the new crown jewel of Civil War History destinations in America" by Pulitzer Prize historian James McPherson, the Park has four world-class museums, four antebellum homes and is the site of the Breakthrough Battlefield of April 2, 1865, where Union forces broke through Petersburg's defense lines. Pamplin Historical Park is the vision of Robert B. Pamplin and his son, Dr. Robert B. Pamplin, Jr., and is recognized as one of America's finest Civil War attractions. Park hours change seasonally. Check website for details.

  • Dixie Restaurant

    Dixie Restaurant
    250 N. Sycamore Street, Petersburg, VA, 23803

    (804) 732-7425

    The Dixie is a landmark breakfast and lunch establishment in the heart of Old Towne Petersburg since the 1920s and in it's current location since 1939. It has seen several owners over the years and remains a local favorite.
    We specialize in traditional southern cusine. Our menu items include our famous Dixie Dog which is a red hot dog with a tasty chili sauce. We also serve fried Salt Herring, Salmon Croquettes, Meatloaf, Chicken & Dumplings, made from scratch Pimento Cheese, Ham Salad, and Chicken Salad. During the filming of Steven Spielberg's Lincoln movie we introduced the Spiel Burger, a cheese burger topped with our famous chili.  We offer a variety of sandwiches, barbeque, burgers and hot-plate specials that change daily.

  • Saucy's Walk-up BBQ

    Saucy's Walk-up BBQ
    5th & Bollingbrook Sts., Petersburg, VA

    (804) 504-3075

    Saucy's is a take-out stand featuring homemade, delicious barbecue, ribs, sides and sodas, located in a converted container right near the historic district in Petersburg. There are two picnic tables for dining if the weather's nice. Check out this creative eatery while touring or passing through P'burg.

  • The Brickhouse Run

    The Brickhouse Run
    407-409 Cockade Alley, Petersburg, VA, 23803

    (804) 862-1815

    The Brickhouse Run is a friendly and welcoming pub and restaurant in historic Old Towne, Petersburg, Virginia. We offer a regularly changing menu of home-made British and American specialties, an excellent wine list, six beers on tap, including a local cask conditioned ale on hand pump, and a full range of spirits.

    Inside our 190-year old buildings are two rooms featuring exposed beams, a fireplace, high backed settles, and fresh flowers on polished tables. We are recognized for providing high quality food and drink in a warm casual place. We also have special events, such as Quiz Night and concerts, so check our calendar regularly. Please explore this site and we look forward to seeing you down at the pub. Cheers.

    The Brickhouse Run is open for Dinner Tuesday–Saturday at 5:00 pm. Dinner is available until 9:00 pm on weekdays and 10:00 pm on weekends.

    We happily take reservations for parties of six or more during our regular business hours. Private Parties may be scheduled for groups of twenty or more at times we are not usually open.

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