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Pamplin Historical Park, Petersburg

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Pamplin Historical Park is a 424-acre private sector historical park located near Petersburg, Virginia. The park preserves open space near Richmond, Virginia in Dinwiddie County, Virginia and serves the dual use of preserving a significant fragment of the Petersburg Breakthrough Battlefield, a National Historic Landmark, and key components of the Third Battle of Petersburg. The park also provides a footprint location for the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, which is located within the park.
The Pamplin Historical Park cooperates with owners of adjacent parcels of Third Battle of Petersburg property, the Petersburg National Battlefield and the American Battlefield Trust, in preserving much (not all) of the physical space on which the battle was fought and interpreting it for the general public. In particular, a decisive segment of the battle, the Boydton Plank Road breakthrough by the 5th Vermont Infantry and other units, occurred on Pamplin Park property at dawn on April 2, 1865.
The park includes several pre-Civil War structures that are interpreted to 1864-1865 and presented as an integral part of the park landscape, including Tudor Hall Plantation (c. 1812). 3 miles (4.8 km) of park trails include close-up looks at the Confederate trenches that were the target of the climactic Federal assault. The park bears the name of its founder, businessman and Civil War enthusiast Robert B. Pamplin, Jr.

A. Wilson Greene helped develop Pamplin Historical Park and served as its executive director from 1994 to 2017. It is a Virginia Historic Landmark, was designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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  • The museums are interactive and provide a thorough look at the crucial battle that occurred on these grounds. Reconstructed earthworks, soldiers camp and original home that was used as Confederate... 
    The museums are interactive and provide a thorough look at the crucial battle that occurred on these grounds. Reconstructed earthworks, soldiers camp and original home that was used as Confederate...  more »
  • This museum makes you feel part of the civil war soldier's personal living conditions, motivations, fears, emotions, challenges and much more. The audio and visual effects and very well done. I... 
    This museum makes you feel part of the civil war soldier's personal living conditions, motivations, fears, emotions, challenges and much more. The audio and visual effects and very well done. I...  more »
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  • Hallowed ground that was a major turning point during the Civil War. Pamplin Historical Park is one of the nicest and most well-maintained parks I've ever seen. Yes, it is privately owned but the folks that work there do a phenomenal job. The place and staff are amazing. The grounds are well-kept, beautiful, and full of history. The staff is passionate and knowledgeable - very much so. Their hospitality is second-to-none. We learned a lot during our visit. It's a shame the owners are downsizing and cutting back on what they offer. I would urge the owners to divest themselves of the park through a public trust or someone who shares a historian's passion for American history if they are not up to the task. Otherwise, they should be extremely proud of the professionalism and passion their employees offer to visitors. We visited during a recent snowstorm, which was not too terrible. The staff were very accommodating while your walk through this sacred battle site is easy to navigate, either self-paced or structured. Your mileage may vary. Go. Visit and enjoy.
  • Nice place. Really friendly employees. A bit dated/campy, but interesting and immersive exhibits with personality.

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