Friday, January 25, 2008

Robert Clark, Slave to Livery Stable Owner

Robert Clark began with little capital and even less experience. After working in a hotel and saving enough to purchase his freedom, he opened a livery stable, which eventually became the most popular establishment of its kind in the town of Petersburg. By 1860, he possessed a total
estate of $9,000, including $5,000 worth of real estate.

Source: Jackson, Fm Ntpu Labw and Property Hokliw, 9711, 156; USMSPC, Dinwiddie Co.,
Va., Petersburg, East Ward, 1860, p. 199.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

"Pick and Shovels" - Fortifications in the Siege of Petersburg

"Picks and Shovels" - Fortifications in the Siege of Petersburg
Saturday, February 2nd

The Petersburg National Battlefield will sponsor a caravan tour, led by Ranger Randy Watkins, which will explore military engineering and firtifications as they were employed during the Siege of Petersburg. Areas covered include Forts Darling and Stevens, Battery Dantzler and the Howlett Line on Bermuda Hundred, and the Dimmock Line and later siege and defense lines around Petersburg out to Hatcher's Run on the far Confederate right flank.

Download Event Flyer (804) 732-3531, ext. 205

to pre-register by Friday, January 25th

Ghost Watch At Centre Hill Mansion

Ghost Watch At Centre Hill Mansion
January 24th
Make Reservations Now!

Petersburg's historic Centre Hill Mansion will host its annual Ghost Watch on January 24th from 6:00 to 9:00p.m. It was in the late 19th century when the ghosts of Civil War soldiers were first heard in the mansion. Tours of the house will focus on Centre Hill's numerous ghost stories. Tours begin at 6:00p.m. and start every 15 minutes with the last tour commencing at 8:45p.m.

Reservations and tickets are required and can be made at the Petersburg Visitor Center in Old Towne. Cost: $5 - Adults / $3 - Children 7 to 12 years old Centre Hill Mansion 1 Centre Hill Court Petersburg, Virginia 23803 (804) 733-2400 or (800) 368-3595