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Address: 425 Cockade Alley, Petersburg, VA 23804
Phone Number: 804 733 2400
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Beginning of the End

More than you thought you'd want to know about this week in our countries history. Lots of action in a compressed period of time.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

My wife and I were one of first of the Civil War buffs who traveled the roads of Lee's Retreat when the 26-stop trip between Petersburg and Appomattox was introduced a few years ago. What a wonderful and novel idea. Contrary to some critical reviews, we had taken the trip twice and, except for one flat tire near Farmville, we... More 

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MINNEAPOLIS
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

More than you thought you'd want to know about this week in our countries history. Lots of action in a compressed period of time.

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Sandwich, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This is so poorly marked it should be a car club road rally. It is in Boonies Country and all you have is little bitty signs that may or may not be properly located. It goes through interesting (read rural) countryside tho, and it is amazing how far Lee got with all of Grant's cavalry chasing him. But if you... More 

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OLYMPIA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 via mobile

As a history buff, I was really excited about following Lee's Retreat. What a novel idea to provide driving directions to locations where battles and skirmishes took place and then have radio broadcasts at those locations describing the events leading up to the battle. To my great disappointment, most of the radio broadcasts didn't work. If you take this trip,... More 

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Littleton, CO
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Enjoyed the drive and seeing the distance covered by these amazing men in the Confederate army. Drive gets a little long before you reach Appomattox, but good scenery and interesting history. Some of the radio broadcasts at the individual sites were not working. Fortunately, I had downloaded the texts of the broadcasts, so got the value from the stops.

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Springfield, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Great drive into history. Felt Petersburg did not value its place in history and failed to commemorate 150th anniversary of Siege of Petersburg. Was this racially motivated?. The other sites on the way to Appomattox seemed more aware of the significance. Looking forward to returning to America and Lee's Retreat next year/

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Frederick, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Lees retreat covers the roadways, scenic stops and attractions from Petersburg and Richmond heading West to a dozen or more key stops. Its well marked and several locations have exhibits and other sights to visit. The parks associated with the retreat are a testament to the pride the local government and people of Virginia have in their heritage. Its been... More 

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Traveling, even if mostly by car, in the footsteps of Lee's retreat and the end of the Civil War is fascinating--not to mention, the countryside in that area is beautiful.

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Bristol, WI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

I recently attempted to drive the Lee's Retreat route in reverse from Appomatox. The only guide I had was a standard road atlas and a route I traced from the Lee's Retreat website. The route is well marked with signs and the recorded information you get over your car radio helps you imagine what it must have been like. My... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

One of the most interesting projects that the people who run Virginia Tourism came up with in recent years is Lee's Retreat. Before one of our trips to visit Civil War sites in Virginia, we read a story about the new initiative. The idea was to follow the entire route of the Army of Northern Virginia after the fall of... More 

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