Journey back to the Civil War at Pamplin Historical Park in Petersburg

Civil War Lovers: Pamplin Historical Park

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The Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier in Petersburg, Virginia has been called the most innovative Civil War history park in the country. NBC12's Candice Smith gets an up close and personal tour of all this amazing site has to offer.

Spend the day at Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier and journey back to the 19th century. The Park's 422-acre campus features four award-winning museums, four historic homes, costumed living history demonstrations, guided tours, and the Breakthrough Battlefield of April 2, 1865.

The Park's facilities and programs appeal to casual visitors, serious students of Civil War-era history, and families alike. Open 362 days annually, Pamplin Historical Park has received accolades from a wide range of national and regional media and has been rated by AAA Automotive Club as a Gem attraction. The Park is recognized as a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Visit the Park's four award-winning museums and: explore the everyday world of Civil War soldiers. Discover why for millions of Americans, the Southern way of life in the 1860s was ''A Land Worth Fighting For.'' Learn why slavery became such a divisive issue in 1850s America; understand why one of the Civil War's most important battles took place on a seemingly remote Virginia farm.

Historic Homes

Explore the lives of free and enslaved antebellum Southerners in the context of original historic homes and recreated 19th-century environments. For generations, these buildings housed the hopes and dreams of Southern families. When the war came, they served as headquarters for the military leaders on which their future depended.


The campaign for Petersburg lasted 292 days in 1864 and 1865. The battle that determined the outcome of the campaign occurred on April 2, 1865 and involved an attack of more than 14,000 Union troops on a section of Confederate fortifications on the Banks, Hart, and Boisseau farms. Known as ''The Breakthrough'' and declared a National Historic Landmark in 2006, this Union victory forced General Robert E. Lee to evacuate both Richmond and Petersburg. One week later, Lee surrendered to General Grant at Appomattox Court House, signaling the virtual end of the Civil War.

And More!

In addition to daily tours and costumed living history demonstrations, the Park hosts changing exhibits, special events, multi-day tours, historical symposia and educational camps throughout the year.