Hopewell is a city in Prince George County, Virginia, on the Appomattox and James rivers. City Point, the oldest part of Hopewell, was established in 1613 is the oldest continuously inhabited English settlement in the States. During the Civil War, Grant’s Headquarters was located at City Point. Today it is a historic museum. Weston Plantation in Hopewell, Virginia, built in 1789, is a perfect example of the eighteenth-century Tidewater plantation mansion. Petersburg National Battlefield is a park preserving sites related to the American Civil War Siege of Petersburg. Hours/availability may have changed.

1.Grant's Headquarters at City Point

Grant's Headquarters at City Point
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Grant's Headquarters at City Point is a museum located at Appomattox Manor in Hopewell, Virginia. It is part of the Petersburg National Battlefield Park and is operated by the National Park Service. During the last years of the American Civil War, from the port there, the City Point Railroad used City Point, a port on the James River, to supply the Union forces during the Siege of Petersburg. The capture of Petersburg and its railroads was crucial to the fall of the Confederate capital Richmond, leading to the end of the war a week later. The museum includes Grant's headquarters and the original plantation house with various outbuildings. Visitors can see the rooms in the plantation house furnished as they were during the Grant’s stay, an introductory video of the historic events, a diorama, and a bookshop.

1001 Pecan Ave, Hopewell, VA 23860-1532

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2.The Beacon Theatre, Hopewell, VA

The Beacon Theatre, Hopewell, VA
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Beacon Theatre, also called the Broadway Theatre and Pythian Lodge, is a historic theatre building constructed in 1928 in the Colonial Revival and Art Deco style at Hopewell, Virginia. The three-story vaudeville and movie theater had a storefront used as a commercial space, second-floor apartments and third-floor meeting rooms. The theater building is decorated with classical plaster friezes, a cove ceiling in the auditorium and an elaborate proscenium. The Beacon Theatre building was used as a theater until its closing in 1981, offering live performances and movies. The City of Hopewell has been working on restoring the historic building ever since. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

401 N Main St, Hopewell, VA 23860, Phone: 804-446-3457

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3.Weston Plantation, Hopewell, Virginia

Weston Plantation, Hopewell, Virginia
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Weston Plantation in Hopewell, Virginia, is a perfect example of the eighteenth-century Tidewater plantation mansion. It was built by William and Christian Eppes Gilliam in 1789. To this day it retains much of its original interior, the distinctive decorative moldings, wainscotings and chair rails, as well as the spiral stairway with concave paneling. The plantation is open to the public and the guided tour includes all three floors, gardens and grounds. Visitors learn about the history of families who lived at Weston and about the Civil War adventures of young Emma and George Wood from her own journal. The annual “Emma and George Days,” a two-day event organized at the plantation, offers visitors the opportunity to learn about how children lived during the civil war.

400 Weston Ln, Hopewell, VA 23860, Phone: 804-458-4682

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4.The Boathouse, Hopewell, Virginia

The Boathouse, Hopewell, Virginia
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The Boathouse is a small chain of four restaurants in Virginia offering superb meals, special events and relaxed afternoon cocktail with friends. They serve only the freshest seafood in their classic beachfront menu - clam chowder, calamari, crab cakes and lobster being just a few favorites, together with their top choice steaks and Boathouse Burger. The boathouse Hopewell location is bringing waterfront dining back to Hopewell, offering a sweeping vista of the Appomattox and James rivers. The dining room is bright and spacious, with floor to ceiling windows, comfortable furniture, upscale design elements, private dining rooms, patio dining and an outdoor bar.

701 W Randolph Rd, Hopewell, VA 23860, Phone: 804-616-4222

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5.Haley's Honey Meadery, Hopewell, Virginia

Haley's Honey Meadery, Hopewell, Virginia
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Haley’s Honey Meadery is a small, family-owned meadery in Hopewell, Virginia, specializing in small batches of 50-125 gallons of mead, to ensure a high quality product. Using a range of Virginia fruit and herbs in the process, they are also helping the local small produce farmers. The small batch production allows experimentation in the mixture of herbs and fruit to come up with some new mead blends. Each small batch is fermented using Virginia finest honey, then aged for three months to a year to get the best quality and then mixed with fruits and herbs for different flavors. Their tasting room is modern, bright, large space with long copper bar that sits 14 and 40 tables. Guests can enjoy flights of different meads, a nice menu of interesting pub grub and a company of friends old and new.

235 E Broadway, Hopewell, VA 23860, Phone: 804-310-6845

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