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Petersburg National Battlefield Park

1539 Hickory Hill Rd., Petersburg, VA 23803
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Ranked #3 of 17 Attractions in Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Battlefields
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Danville, Virginia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Fee required, self- guided tour of large battleground with stops at many battery and fortification sites, museum at site of crater with restrooms and gift shop, site of planned explosion in 1864 is still visible. The surrounding area is of interest to civil war buffs.

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Olney, Maryland
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110 reviews 110 reviews
42 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

....allow an entire day to take the tour....good visitors center with a 20 minute orientation film and helpful rangers. Must visit the Crater at stop 8 and take in the sight where PA miners tunneled under the Confederate lines and resulting Union debacle. Grant's headquarters at the Northern end and the Eppes house also worth viewing. Helpful rangers there too.

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Springfield, Virginia
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

A very one sided story It is time these national sites told a more balanced story, not just that of those who won the war but also of those who won this battle, the story of those who reluctantly suceeded from the union in defence of State rights not slavery

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Castle Rock, Colorado
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39 reviews 39 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Nicely done exhibits and tours. When I visited a Civil War re-enactment group was preparing for an exercise. Fascinating process to watch.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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279 reviews 279 reviews
123 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

First, it is very important to point out that there are multiple sites in the Petersburg National Battlefield Park. Most everyone goes to the main park and visits the Crater, where the Union soldiers dug a long (500+ feet) tunnel beneath the Confederate fort, but then were trapped in resultant crater and shot like fish in a bowl. We went... More

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Norfolk, Virginia, United States
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

The replicas of the fortifications in the eastern approach are very educational. The crater stop on the eastern tour must be seen to understand the horror of this war. Also, in the National Park visitor center, you must see what happened when two bullets collided in the Crater battle. Unreal!

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Williamsburg, Virginia
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

One of the few battlefields I have not visited. To my surprise I found this battlefield well maintained and easy to follow self guided tours. The eastern front part of the siege of Petersburg was very interesting as the union troops jockeyed for ground at both Ft. Stedman and the "Crater". If you really want to soak it all in... More

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Macon, Georgia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We had a rainy/over cast day. We had to run into the wood to get away from the rain. lol. But it was very educational. Would recommend someone to go. $5 to tour.

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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576 reviews 576 reviews
260 attraction reviews
428 helpful votes 428 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I visited the Eastern Front portion of the Petersburg National Battlefield Park for the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of the Crater. They had several special events on Saturday which highlighted the battle and the siege in general. Since they expected a large number of visitors the park was closed to private vehicles. Visitors were bused to the park from... More

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Fairfax, Virginia
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272 reviews 272 reviews
247 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit here. As we drove through the park and stopped at the various sites highlighted on the map we gained a new appreciation of what the men and women encountered during the siege of this vital town and railroad during the war.

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