Come visit our two-hundred-year-old Centre Hill Mansion located near Petersburg's Historic Old Town. Robert Bolling IV, a wealthy tobacco warehouse owner, built Centre Hill between 1818 & 1823 calling it Petersburg's "most stately home". An extensive remodeling was undertaken by his son, Robert Buckner Bolling, in the 1840s, modifying the original Federal house to the Greek Revival style we see today. The rich and intricate furnishings, some of which are original to the property, and hand carved decor inside this architectural gem will give insight into how the wealthy lived in the 1800's. Tour the warming kitchen and hidden "below stairs" sections of the house to experience both sides of 19th Century existence. Three presidents have visited the house: John Tyler, Abraham Lincoln and William Howard Taft. In 1864 Confederate Lieutenant General James Longstreet made Centre Hill his headquarters, as did Union Major General George L. Hartuff in 1865. Centre Hill Mansion has been the backdrop for several movies & mini series..a must see on your visit to Petersburg.
Petersburg was closely involved in the Civil Rights early struggle. Our new exhibit, in the Exchange Building Museum, documents Petersburg's involvement with the movement from 1956 to 1965...come learn about the civic and religious leaders who were integral to Dr. Martin Luther King during his frequent visits to Petersburg, Virginia. Our interactive exhibit of local citizens' experiences during this critical time in U.S. history includes a video produced by local film makers, Brian Skillen & Daniel Jones.
The Exchange Building Museum
15 W. Bank Street
Exhibit Times listed below