PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) – This holiday weekend marks the first of five weekends in 2011 that the National Park Service will waive admission fees. The fee-free dates include January 15-17, April 16-24, June 21, September 34 and November 11-13. Petersburg National Battlefield is included in the free admission event.
Park Rangers at the Petersburg National Battlefield hope the admission-free weekend brings new visitors to the 7,000 acre park that is separated into four units and includes a cemetery for confederate soldiers.
The national park was founded in 1936 and commemorates the 292 day siege of Petersburg. It was the longest military event in the civil war.
Visitors can access 10 miles of trails. Videos, pictures and information kiosks throughout the park provide information on the Civil War battles.
Petersburg National Battlefield is open from 8:30 a.m. to dusk.
Admission on all other days is $5/carload.
In all, nine national parks in Virginia will waive fees this weekend. For a list of those, and all the parks involved, just click here.