Pamplin Historical Park

Historical Significance

Pamplin Historical Park preserves a portion of the Tudor Hall Plantation, circa 1812, including the plantation home and reconstructed outbuildings and slave quarters. The Tudor Hall Plantation is the former home of the Boisseau family, maternal ancestors of the Pamplin family.

The slave quarters are located in the former "Field Quarter" and include reconstructed dwellings, antique livestock breeds, a garden, and a modern museum exhibit that focuses on slavery in America on the eve of the Civil War. Inside one of the cabins is a theater that features a video entitled "Slavery in America: Viewpoints of the 1850s" (of the six characters, two are African American). Adjacent to the Field Quarter, demonstration fields illustrate the cultivation of Virginia's most popular crops in the years before the Civil War, including tobacco, wheat, and corn.

The plantation was the site of a major Confederate encampment from October 1864 - April 1865 and of a significant battle fought on April 2, 1865 which caused the Confederate evacuation of Richmond and Petersburg.

Pamplin Historical Park also operates The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier on the park grounds, which interprets the motivations, lifestyles and experience of common soldiers of the Civil War, including African Americans. Educational themes include the life of the Civil War common soldier, antebellum Southern life, the impact of the Civil War on civilians, and the Petersburg Campaign, with particular emphasis on the Breakthrough Battle of April 2, 1865. 

Physical Description

Pamplin Historical Park contains 422 acres. The park operates three museums, an extensive costumed interpretive program, and a trail system leading to the 1865 battlefield.

Geographical and Contact Information

6125 Bodyton Plank Road
Petersburg, Virginia
23803
Phone: 804-861-2408
Fax: 804-861-2820

Cite this Page:

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, “Pamplin Historical Park,” African American Historic Sites Database, accessed November 19, 2017, http://aahistoricsitesva.org/items/show/326.
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