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Petersburg VA

I love day trips! A few weeks ago we wandered over to Petersburg VA and explored Centre Hill... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
rcmann54
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This is a lovely house. It is owned by the city of Petersburg. There is limited funding for this... read more

Reviewed July 23, 2018
Judith K
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I love day trips! A few weeks ago we wandered over to Petersburg VA and explored Centre Hill Mansion. If you watch PBS, this is where the "Mercy Street" series was filmed. First, let me tell you that Petersburg is going thru some rough times. The area is suffering and could use some tourism dollars. The museum is beautifully laid out, and it has the furniture and costumes from the series. The museum guides are knowledgeable of the history of the house, families that lived there and the filming that occurred. The charge was $6 per person and the tour was about an hour.

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Reviewed July 23, 2018

This is a lovely house. It is owned by the city of Petersburg. There is limited funding for this wonderful historical site so its hours are also limited. Volunteers are keeping it open and we certainly thank them for their dedication. Be sure to check the house website for current visiting hours.
My husband and I toured this home on Sunday 7/22/18 based on a recommendation from our daughter. I agree with her that this would be a really neat place to live. Beautiful rooms, architecture, period furnishing and staircases everywhere. Our docent, Nancy, was well informed and a lovely lady. I look forward to a return visit. They have a Ghost tour in January!!
Do not miss this step back in time.

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Reviewed March 17, 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed the tour of this mansion in Petersburg,VA. The charge is $6.00 per adult. My grown daughter and I basically received our own private tour. The mansion is beautiful and very interesting. It was built before the Civil War and the owners left Petersburg during the War and it was used by the Union as a headquarters. The series Mercy Street was partly filmed there and the TV show furnished it with Civil War era decor. It’s a very large old home and the tours are by a private group called Preservation Petersburg that are filling in the void that the city cannot. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and are all volunteers. Our guide had grown up in the area and had published several historical novels. President Taft visited the home and there are photos of the reception. You will basically see three 3 floors of the home. Certain times of year there are ghost tours at the home. There is parking at the site and town the hill is a great coffee shop that serves meals and a great bakery.

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Reviewed February 16, 2018

This antebellum mansion has a nice little museum in the basement. Knowledgable docents give tours on the floors above, too. The museum benefited from furnishings used as props when the building was used a set for the PBS series "Mercy Street". I haven't visited since the series was axed. Hopefully, they were able to keep most of the furniture.

1  Thank David B
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Reviewed November 20, 2017

This never gets old everytime I visit Fort Lee I stop in to visit. Need to be here in the winter time as its set up beautifully. A great overall experience.

1  Thank Scott O
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Reviewed November 2, 2017 via mobile

Second leg of the tour is center hill mansion built by the bolling family. One of the interesting facts is that the pbs series mercy street was filmed here.
The view out the front door shows the landscape of Petersburg and it’s beautiful this time of year with the changing colors of trees.

1  Thank clayhamner
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Reviewed August 27, 2017

A local told me to visit this place so I did. The tour was very great. You get a detailed history of the place. It is worth seeing. The management of the place has changed hands many times so finding information on hours may be tricky.

1  Thank JohnBCowgill
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Reviewed August 9, 2017

Worth the time to tour...excellent with the right tour guide! If you are interested in the Civil War, this is a great place to visit to see how the rich were different.

Thank Linda M
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Reviewed July 18, 2017

As some have already stated, this home seems to be closed permanently. However, when it was "open," each time I tried to see the mansion it was closed. From the outside it was obvious that there was little or no money going into upkeep that would have been able to stop the decay that was taking place all around. Visible surfaces were eroding and looking very unpleasant. It seems doubtful that the downhill slide will stop, and I would guess that within the next 15 years a low income housing project will take its place.

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Reviewed July 12, 2017

So wanted to see this! But we were in Petersburg in June 2017 and because the city is in a financial crisis, the tourism office is closed. Some attractions (Blandford Church) are being staffed by volunteers but so far this one is not.

1  Thank Deb B
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