Little-visited historic site a real gem

Recently, my partner and I had a most pleasant visit to Pamplin Historical Park and The National Museum of The Civil War Soldier, which is located just south of Petersburg. This little-visited, privately owned park is funded by the Pamplin Family of Portland, Ore. For those who have not visited, it offers a unique historical perspective to the battle of Petersburg.

The National Museum enables the visitor to gain a realistic feel for the lot of the common soldier through an interactive audio tour. This tour permits visitors to share in the daily life experience of a Civil War comrade, whom you select. Additional visitation sites include The Military Encampment and Fortification, the Battlefield Center Museum, Tudor Hall Plantation, Hart Farm Loop and a series of trails that explore the park’s variety of sites depicting the antebellum south. We found this park to be a real gem of a site for a Williamsburg day trip. There is a nominal entry fee.

Robert H. Harrington

James City County

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