Battersea Foundation's 4th Annual Petersburg Holiday Homes Tour

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Westover Avenue

Westover Avenue

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Dont' Miss This Great Tour Featuring Fine Petersburg Homes, Historic Landmarks, Live Music, and Costumed Reenactors!

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Join us for a glorious walking tour featuring some of Petersburg’s finest and most unique homes! Delight in the live music and costumed reenactors who will add ambiance and authenticity to the holiday atmosphere. New for this year, we are including some of Petersburg's most beloved landmarks. Drive a few short miles down the road and visit historic Battersea Villa, the beneficiary of this eagerly anticipated event. There will be a bonfire with marshmallows and hotdogs to roast at Battersea! New This Year--There will be a shuttle to take you around to all the homes in Walnut hill. See the map for parking location. Tickets $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Exchange on-line tickets for hard-copy tickets and tour maps at Christ & Grace Episcopal Church.

Centre Hill Mansion

1 Centre Hill Court 🚻

Year Built: 1823

Style: Federal, with Greek Revival Renovations

This home, now a museum, was built in the Federal style by Robert Bolling, IV. His son extensively renovated the home in 1839 to the Greek Revival style. Incredible moldings and plasterwork are featured throughout. Numerous ghost stories are associated with this historic property. Managed by Petersburg Preservation Task Force, this site is open to the public for guided tours.


7 East Old Street 🚻

Style: Federal

Petersburg Area Art League was founded in 1923 and moved to its current location in 1971, despite being temporarily relocated due to tornado damage in 1993. Enjoy their 40th Annual Trees of Christmas display, featuring creatively decorated Christmas trees designed by local artists, businesses, and organizations.

The Exchange Building

15 West Bank Street 🚻

Year Built: 1841

Style: Greek Revival

The Exchange was created in 1839 by a group of prominent businessmen as a place where locally produced goods could be sold. It is one of the nation’s least-altered examples of a market or exchange building. It has served a variety of uses over the years, including housing a barbershop owned by Henry Elebeck, a free black man. Major restoration work on this building will soon begin using major funding provided by the “Save America’s Treasures” program of the U.S. Department of the Interior, along with a partnership between the Cameron Foundation, Historic Petersburg Foundation and the Petersburg Preservation Task Force.

Farmers Bank

19 Bollingbrook Street 🚻

Year Built: 1817

Style: Federal

The Historic Farmers Bank was incorporated in 1812 and is the first bank museum in Virginia. The present 3-story building opened in 1817. The upper floors were home to the bank manager and family. The bank operated until 1865. Purchased by Preservation Virginia in the 1960’s, the former Fort Henry Branch, APVA restored this building, now owned and maintained by The Friends of the Historic Farmers Bank. Of special interest is the original safe, copper plates for printing money, and the kitchen dependency.

Moore Home

307 North Boulevard

Year Built: 1915

Style: Colonial Revival

Residents: Ron and Taylor Moore

This lovingly renovated home is filled with a variety of antiques and the owner’s original artwork and sculpture. Classically appointed Federal style moldings are heavy throughout the first floor. On display will be an eclectic silver assortment, blue and white china, and a special collection of English Crown Ducal transferware.

Blandford Church 🚻

319 Crater Road

Year Built: 1735-1737

This former Anglican church was abandoned in the early 19th century and sat vacant until it was restored by the Ladies Memorial Association of Petersburg as a Confederate memorial chapel. Between 1904 and 1912 fifteen priceless stained-glass windows were commissioned from Louis C. Tiffany Studios of New York. This site is managed by Petersburg Preservation Task Force and open to the public for guided tours.

Estevez Home

1177 Overbrook Road

Year Built: 1954

Style: Cape Cod

Resident: Alexangel Estevez

This red brick Cape Cod styled home is the residence of a contemporary landscape painter. The home features a collection of art and antiques spanning several centuries. Enjoy an extensive collection of nutcrackers displayed throughout the house. Also featured is a clerestory-styled art studio, designed and built by Estevez.

Christ & Grace Episcopal Church

1545 South Sycamore Street 🚻 🎵

Year Built: 1923, 1957

Style: Modified Gothic and Gothic Revival

Founded on High Street in 1841 by rector Rev. Churchill Gibson Dunn, as Grace Episcopal Church. In 1923, church leaders purchased land in Walnut Hill, where many new homes were being constructed. Grace Church Chapel is the earliest portion of the current building, currently serving as the parish hall. In 1952, Rev. Boston M. Lackey, Jr. was called and the parishioners at Grace Church on High Street decided to combine with those at Grace Church Chapel. The current nave was completed in time for the Christmas Eve service in 1957.

Foster-Harding Home

1557 South Sycamore Street

Year Built: 1917

Style: Italianate Spanish Mediterranean

Residents: Nicolas Foster and Bruce Harding

This stucco home was formerly occupied by the 46th Governor of Virginia, William Hodges Mann and his wife, Etta. The interior is adorned with a wonderful mix of antiques and contemporary pieces, accented with artwork and sculptures.

Powell Home

1954 Tyler Road

Year Built: 1953

Style: Neoclassical Revival

Resident: Pat Powell

This home was built by Henry W. Maclin, president of John H. Maclin Peanut Company. The Maclin family was also a major player Petersburg’s tobacco business. This house was designed after a 19th century family home in Georgia. The current owner has an eclectic mix of antiques and period furniture, plus art dating from the 1700’s to the present day. Powell is a avid collector of the work by up and coming artists.

Bigley Home

1622 Westover Avenue

Year Built: 1916

Style: Neoclassical Revival

Residents: Alan and Garland Bigley

This grand home was built by Petersburg industrialist, Thomas B. Maclin. The Norfolk firm of Finlay Forbes Ferguson designed this home. Ferguson is known for the design of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, as well as significant buildings at the University of Virginia, and the College of William & Mary. Showcased in this home will be a stunning assortment of 18th and 19th century America, Asian, and European art and antiques.

Bishop-Waugaman Home

1706 Westover Avenue

Year Built: 1915

Style: Prairie Style Colonial

Residents: Stephanie Bishop & Chris Waugaman

This Frank Lloyd Wright inspired home was built by the Roper family, a prominent family in Petersburg’s history. The tan-gold brick and hipped roof that convey the essence of shelter, while the interior is fluid and open.

Day Home

1739 Westover Avenue

Year Built: 1951

Residents: Robert & Jean Day

Originally built as a small ranch, the house has seen many owners and additions over the years. The present residents are former innkeepers from Massachusetts with a background in design.


1289 Upper Appomattox Road 🚻 🎵 🍴

Year Built: 1768

Battersea Villa is an 18th century Palladian Villa located on the Appomattox River, built by Col. John Banister, the first Mayor of Petersburg, Revolutionary delegate, Congressman, and signer of the Articles of Confederation. This home is an excellent example of Palladian style architecture, receiving national attention for its beauty and importance. Proceeds from this tour will fund the continuing restoration of this historic property. Enjoy a bonfire outside. Food and drinks available for purchase, including s’more kits and hotdogs to roast.

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