Local Area & Community

Local Area & Community


The city of Hopewell is only 12 minutes away from Fort Lee and overlooks the James and Appomattox Rivers. With a current day population of over 22,000, Hopewell was first established in 1613 under the name “Bermuda City” and served as Union General Ulysses S. Grant’s headquarters during the Siege of Petersburg.

Notable Nearby Attractions
Depot Field Hospital

Huge and efficient hospital complex served the Union armed forces during the Petersburg and Appomattox campaigns.

City Point Fortifications

This earthen fort protected the great depot and Union headquarters at City Point 1864-65.

Grant’s Headquarters at City Point

Come see where General Ulysses S. Grant stationed his headquarters for the 10-month Siege of Petersburg.

Weston Plantation

The Weston Plantation, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, offers a glimpse of how people lived over 200 years ago.


With a population of over 32,000, Petersburg is just a 15 minute drive away from Fort Lee. Petersburg has been (and continues to be) a major transportation hub through much of its history. Located on the Appomattox River, Petersburg was a major transfer point between cargo ships and there emerging railroad industry in the 1830s.


As a major supply point for the Confederacy in the Civil War, Petersburg was the target of a 10-month siege directed by Union General Ulysses S. Grant. The siege cut off supplies to the Confederate capitol in nearby Richmond. When Petersburg fell to the Union in 1865, it signaled that Richmond could no longer be defended and led to Robert E. Lee’s surrender, essentially ending the war.

Notable Nearby Attractions
Petersburg National Battlefield

The park commemorates the 10-month Siege of Petersburg and offers talks, tours and living history demonstrations.

Pocahontas Island

Named after the Native American Princess Pocahontas, the island was home to freed slaves as 1800.

South Side Railroad Depot

This 2-story block is the former Confederate General William Mahone’s office and headquarters. Here, he worked extensively to help advance the position of the African-American population of Virginia.

Peterburg Area Art League

The Petersburg Area Art League maintains an art gallery with a permanent collection as well as rotating exhibits by area artists and hosts art classes and lectures.


The largest city in the Tri-Cities area, Richmond is home to over 200,000 people and only a 30 minute drive from Fort Lee. The area was originally settled by English Colonists in 1609 but the present city of Richmond wasn’t officially founded until 1737.

Richmond served as the Confederate capital during the American Civil War and even though 25% of the city’s buildings were destroyed when the Confederate’s retreated, the city emerged from the war as an economic powerhouse. Supply lines became major railroad crossroads. War-time factories converted to new industries and tobacco warehousing and processing helped the city boom. Freed slaves and their descendants aided in this booming economy as they joined to create the Jackson Ward, known as the “Wall Street of Black America.”

Notable Nearby Attractions
Civil War Trails

Visitors can follow the five Civil War Trails throughout the state and visit more than 400 individual sites pertaining to the American Civil War.

Visual Arts Center of Richmond

Here you can explore your creative spirit and participate in art through exhibitions, classes and community outreach.

Richmond Jazz Society, Inc.

The Richmond Jazz Society is a non profit organization dedicated to the preservation and advancement of Jazz as an American art form.

Virginia War Memorial

The Memorial was built in honor of all veterans (and Virginians in particular) who were killed in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf. The Shrine of Memory is inscribed with the names of more than 11,600 Virginia veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

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