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Hopewell: Shutdown can't stop 400th City Point anniversary

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HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) -

It's one of the oldest settlements in North America, once home to English explorers in the 17th Century and General Grant during the Civil War. City Point only turns 400 once, and the celebration set for Saturday at the Appomattox Plantation, part of a National Park, is now moving.

The peninsula at the confluence of the Appomattox and James Rivers is part of the Petersburg National Battlefield. With the federal government still in a partial shutdown, the venue was moved to the surrounding neighborhood.

But Hopewell reassured citizens and history buffs Friday that the celebration of four centuries, will go on.

"We were hoping for an act of Congress so this could go on as planned," said Councilor Christina Luman-Bailey in an interview Friday. "But we're just moving across the street from the Plantation… The block will be closed off, and the festivities will start Saturday at 10 a.m."

Although it will remain closed, the Appomattox Plantation at 619 Cedar Ln. will still serve as the main backdrop for the celebrations.

The government Shutdown also prevented Fort Lee from contributing musicians to the ceremony. Instead, organizers found a Civil War band that will walk the streets of the historic area.

"We will also have Nottoway Indians, John Rolfe and General Grant walking around, some of City Point's most famous figures," Luman-Bailey said. "It will be like Williamsburg, but of course, this will span the history of four centuries."

The Nottoway Outreach Indian Tribe of Virginia will make an appearance in front of the Plantation, beginning at 3:25 p.m.

"I think it's fantastic the celebration will go on," said Richard Wilkins, a tourist visiting from Long Beach, Calif. "As a Civil War buff, I'm glad to see there will be some historic celebration tomorrow."

Saturday's activities will culminate with a concert of Civil War music at 4 p.m. Guided tours of the historic district begin at 10 a.m. in front of the Plantation gate.

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