Historical Significance The Dismal Swamp lies thirty miles west of the Atlantic Ocean, between the James River in southeastern Virginia near Norfolk and the Albemarle Sound near Edenton, North Carolina. To eighteenth century colonists it was the…

Historical Significance Poplar Lawn was originally purchased in the 1840's by the city of Petersburg for use as a public park. During the Civil War, the site was used as a hospital for black soldiers and a retention camp for black prisoners after…

Historical Significance The Petersburg Garden Club's work to conserve Lee Memorial Park in the city of Petersburg, Virginia, began years ago when a herbarium and watercolor collection was discovered, which both highlighted and preserved not only a…

Historical Significance The Ivy Creek Foundation maintains 6 miles of trails at the Ivy Creek Natural Area. Ivy Creek is the home place of Hugh Carr (1843-1914), who in the years following the Civil War created a 200-acre family farm know as…

Historical Significance The land on which Booker T. Washington Park lies today was once part of John H. Craven’s Rose Hill Plantation, one of several large farms surrounding Charlottesville before the Civil War. Following the Civil War,…

Historical Significance This 15.5-acre park is named for Dr. Dana Olden Baldwin, Martinsville's first African-American physician and one of its most successful entrepreneurs. The medical practice and multiple businesses Dr. Baldwin opened during the…