Walk to the rock in which pretty Indian Princess Pocahontas bathed; visit
museums, churches, Central Park, downtown antiques shops, restaurants and cafés.
See the 18th century Blandford church with its unique Tiffany windows, and
the Blandford cemetery where 30,000 Confederate soldiers are buried and where
the first Memorial Day was observed. Visit Pocahontas Island in the Appomattox
River where native Americans had lived for millennia and where free African
Americans established their first own settlement in the U.S. which still exists.
Our friendly neighbor: The Methodist Trinity Church
From Ragland it takes only minutes to the Petersburg National Battlefield, the spectacular
Pamplin Park Civil War Site, the New Millennium Movie Studios, the Fort Lee
military base, or Southpark shopping mall. In between 15 and 30
minutes distance there are several of America's oldest and still working tobacco
and cotton plantations with their stately homes open to the public. (For instance, how about having Thanksgiving dinner at the Berkeley Plantation where the first Thanksgiving was celebrated?) See a large 18th century style
plantation home being built, now! Visit America's oldest peanut plantations. Go
hiking in the Pocahontas State Park or in the Virginia Retreat region on its
trails along the Appomattox river.
A glimpse of the East Parlor
Where America began: The Jamestown settlement with its palisaded fort,
ships and native American village is the place where Princess Pocahontas
married the first British farmer, John Rolfe, who introduced tobacco cultivation,
the source of Virginia´s wealth. (1 hour by car)http://www.history.org/
Colonial Williamsburg, the restored 18th century British capital, is a unique living
museum with hundreds of acres of village green dotted with historic buildings, trade
sites, taverns, and more. (1 hour)
The Yorktown Victory Center recaptures the decisive battle of the American
revolution. (1 hour 20 minutes)
Beautiful Richmond, the capital of Virginia and the Confederate States,
offers many impressive sites, including the White House of the Confederacy where
Southern President Jefferson Davis resided, and the Fan, said to be America's
largest Victorian residential district, with Monument Avenue, the
"Champs Elysées of the South." (20 minutes)
Christmas in the Music Room
Attractions and sports:
Busch Gardens (Williamsburg); Water Country USA (Williamsburg);
Paramount's Kings Dominion,(north of Richmond).
Golf: Numerous excellent golf courses open to the public.
Sailing: On the majestic James River and in the Chesapeake Bay.
Fishing: In the Appomattox and James Rivers, as well as in the Chesapeake Bay.
Deep sea fishing in Virginia Beach (Atlantic).
Swimming: In nearby Lake Chesdin; Norfolk (Chesapeake Bay beach, 1 hour
30 minutes); Virginia Beach (Atlantic, 1 hour 45 minutes); Sandbridge
(unspoilt Atlantic beach, no hotels, 2 hours); on the Outer Banks of North Carolina
or among the wild mustangs on Chincoteague/Assateague islands (3-4 hours).
In winter: ask for our special four-day (or longer) inclusive trips to the Bahamas.
Hiking: The Virginia Retreat starts in Petersburg and offers hiking
trails in unspoilt nature, following General Lee´s historic retreat
from Petersburg to his surrender at Appomattox. America's longest
hiking path, the Appalachian Trail, follows Virginia's Blue Ridge and
Shenandoah mountains (2 hours.
A place to have tea, read and relax: the solarium
The Ragland Mansion is only two hours away from Washington D.C., from
Thomas Jefferson's Monticello home in the Shenandoah mountains, and not
far from many other beautiful and interesting sites and cities, such as
Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Atlanta, Charleston, Savannah...
From the U.S. or abroad by plane: Arrival at Richmond airport. Transfer by taxi
(30 minutes). From abroad: Arrival at three Washington D.C. airports (Dulles, Reagan/National or Baltimore/Washington).
Transfer by rental car or AMTRAK train.
By car: Take Interstate 95 (the Boston-Miami highway) or Interstate 85
(Atlanta-Petersburg). If traveling southbound, take I-95 Exit 52 Petersburg
Downtown/Washington Street; if traveling northbound take I-95 Exit 50D
Washington Street. At the third traffic light on Washington Street
(one way) turn left on S. Sycamore Street. The house is at the left hand
corner of the second intersection (Marshall Street). Enter Marshall Street
and park behind the house on private lot.
By train: Petersburg AMTRAK station on the Boston-Miami route. Take taxi
or phone for pickup.
By Greyhound bus: Petersburg station is within short walking distance.
The center hall
205 South Sycamore Street
Petersburg, Virginia 23803
Tel. +1 804 8611932
+1 800 8618898
Cellular +1 202 3095756
Fax/Tel. +1 804 8615943
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