It is important to realize that this is a commemoration, not a celebration. There is no joy to be found in war, especially the Civil War, which caused the deaths of over 620,000 Americans, divided families, tore apart a nation, and left cities in ruin. At the same time, the sesquicentennial encompasses emancipation and freedom for four million enslaved people, which is something to celebrate. The issues are complex, but there is no better opportunity to examine the time, the people, the causes, and the legacies of the Civil War. Petersburg played an integral role in the Civil War as the last bastion of defense of the Confederate capital, Richmond. Learn more about it here.
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The Historic Petersburg Foundation was founded in 1967. Now better known as “HPF”, the organization is committed to the preservation of Petersburg’s rich architectural legacy by acquiring neglected buildings strategically located in historic neighborhoods in need of economic stimulation for their rejuvenation. After acquisition, HPF holds the properties until a qualified buyer is found to assume responsibility, as the primary resident, for the restoration and preservation of the building with compliance to the protective covenants. This strategy has had a significant impact on the restoration and preservation of many buildings and several historically significant neighborhoods. To date, the number of historic buildings HPF has helped preserve is over 200…and counting.
Historic Petersburg: Virginia's Best Kept Secret. Video provided courtesy of VSU Today.
"Just down the hill from Virginia State University lies one of the true treasures of the Commonwealth (of Virginia). Petersburg is a centuries old city that has survived so much, but its majestic homes stand proud to tell its history..."
List Price $16,000 This house has 4 bedrooms. 2,116 Square feet. It is located in the Poplar Lawn Historic District and … [Read More...]
Historic Petersburg Foundation, Inc.
420 Grove Avenue, Petersburg, VA
John Baird, Jr. House