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Centre Hill Museum

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Built  1823 (1823)
VLR #  123-0057
Opened  1823
Added to NRHP  27 December 1972
NRHP Reference #  72001514
Designated VLR  November 21, 1972
Area  4,000 m²
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Location  Center Hill Lane, Petersburg, Virginia
Architectural style  Greek Revival architecture
Similar  Centre Hill Mansion, Farmers' Bank, Blandford Church, Siege Museum, Petersburg Courthouse

The Centre Hill Museum is a historic home located at Petersburg, Virginia in the Centre Hill Mansion at 1 Centre Hill Avenue (near North Adams and Henry streets).



The mansion was built in 1823 by Robert Bolling IV, who had served in the Revolutionary Army. An extensive remodeling was undertaken by Robert Buckner Bolling in the 1840s. It is a two-story, five bay, transitional Greek Revival style brick dwelling. An east wing was added about 1850. The front facade features a has a flat-roofed five-bay verandah supported by six Greek Ionic order columns.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. It is located in the Centre Hill Historic District.

Today the house encompasses three American architectural styles. The mansion's South Facade is dominated by a Greek Revival-style porch with ionic columns. Greek Revival architectural ornamentation is a feature of the interior, along with elements of early Federal style and later Colonial Revival style.

The 1840s renovation also included construction of a tunnel from the back of the house to nearby Henry Street. Slaves used the tunnel to carry food in and out of the house.

Notable events

President Abraham Lincoln spoke to Union soldiers occupying the mansion during a trip to Petersburg in April 1865. President William Howard Taft was a guest in May 1909.

The mansion was used as a set in the made-for-TV movie Killing Lincoln.

The mansion was also used as the set of the Green family home in the PBS drama Mercy Street (TV series).


Every January 24, the ghosts of American Civil War soldiers are said to march up the stairs at 7:30 p.m. Twenty minutes later, the specters march back down the stairs and leave, slamming the front door behind them.

Neighbors also have reported seeing a Lady in White standing at an upstairs window.

The museum hosts a "Ghost Watch" on January 24 each year.


Centre Hill Museum Wikipedia

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