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“Should be much better known”

Pamplin Historical Park
Ranked #2 of 27 things to do in Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Featuring the engaging National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, Tudor Hall Plantation, a recreated Military Encampment, and some of the best preserved earthworks in existence, this 424-acre park relives the life and times of a soldier during America's "War Between the States."
London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Should be much better known”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

My girlfriend and I practically had the place to ourselves the day we went. Why everybody doesn't know about this place is beyond me - it is fantastic. Incredibly informative and entertaining with knowledgable, welcoming staff. Well worth a trip out from Richmond or Petersburg.

Visited June 2013
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MemberServices1865, Public Relations Manager at Pamplin Historical Park, responded to this review, June 17, 2013
We're so glad you enjoyed your visit. Thanks for taking the time to write a review and for helping to spread the word about Pampin Historical Park.
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Midlothian, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 576 helpful votes
“Great History Lesson, Poor Actors”
Reviewed May 31, 2013

This last Memorial Day my wife and I decided to visit the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier located in Petersburg (Dinwiddie) Virginia. The park and museum provided tremendous insight of life in the Antebellum South starting with the Tudor Hall Plantation house, the Hart Farm, the Bank house prior to the start of the civil war and the occupation of the plantation during and after the civil war.

Great emphasis was placed on the authenticity of the field fortifications, living quarters for the soldiers, and describing (with visual aids, authentic weapons of the era, medical equipment, uniforms, photographs, etc.) the transition from civilian to soldier during this tumultuous period in US history. Parking was convenient and access to the entrance to the museum was short. After touring the Battlefield Center’s exhibits with the aid of audio-visual programs, we started our journey to the battlefield, on a series of interpreted walking trails.

Overall we enjoyed this vicarious journey into a war torn world filled with uncertainty, pride, prejudice, and a complex social system. The only downside was the costumed interpreters who were supposed to recreate the daily routines of military life during this major period in US history failed to engage people walking by, and instead sat on logs discussing sports statistics, school, and future plans to join the Navy. Maybe they were bored. In any event, I would highly recommend visiting this significant historical site.

Visited May 2013
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MemberServices1865, Public Relations Manager at Pamplin Historical Park, responded to this review, June 17, 2013
Thanks for the well-written response to your visit on Memorial Day. We appreciate your honest feedback and are sorry you had this experience. We have taken appropriate actions to avoid this perception in the future. Thanks for choosing to spend your holiday commemorating our fallen soldiers.
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Delran, New Jersey
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“history lesson”
Reviewed May 15, 2013

Great place to see an actual Civil War battle site.Give yourself a good few hours to walk the site and see everything,don't be rushed,lots to see ,lots of walking ,very informative.

Visited May 2013
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fletcher
Level 6 Contributor
198 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 382 helpful votes
“A real life experience”
Reviewed May 11, 2013

You have naratives all over the park from hosts in wardrobe of the day. You can walk several trails around the embarkments. The museum on the other side of the road past the ole plantation house is wonderful. The even have headsets you can were as you go through the different areas that give a brief narative. You can even "adopt" a soldier and see how his life was and what it was like to be in battle.

Visited April 2013
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Chesapeake, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
156 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Perrfect Day Trip with Kids”
Reviewed April 22, 2013

I had an opportunity to chaperone my 5th graders field trip to Pamplin Historical Park and was amazed at how authentic everything was presented. This park was simply amazing and not only did it tell the story of the fall of Petersburg but how the battle was fought and soldiers lived. I believe the museum was the perfect size for the kids if only we had more time. The were really into seeing and touching everything.

Trails were well maintained and easy to navigate so you wouldn't get lost. The kids loved playing soldier and I am excited to schedule a time to take my son for an overnight stay so he can see what it really was like to live during the 1860's. I also want to take him to an actual civil war re-enactment so he can see just how loud war really is and see how chaotic.

Visited April 2013
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