• Poplar Grove National Cemetery Luminary Event (photo courtesy of Joanne Williams)


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  • No Parking Available in the Eastern Front Unit August 2

    Free shuttle service will transport all visitors to and from the Eastern Front Unit on August 2 during 150th Anniv. of the Battle of the Crater events. Shuttles will depart from the Farmer's Market located at 9 Old St. in Old Towne Petersburg.

  • Eastern Front Unit Trails Closed to Horse Traffic on August 2

    Those who would like to ride horses at the park on Aug. 2 are encouraged to use the trails at Five Forks in Dinwiddie County as other trails will be closed to horses that day while the park commemorates the 150th Anniv. of the Battle of the Crater.

The Bolling Family

The enslaved Bolling family came from an unknown parental lineage but occupied positions which were under the constant eye of the Eppes family. The five members of the family were born during the 1830s and 1840s. The eldest of the Bolling siblings was Sarah (born 1834) followed by Robert (born 1835), George (born 1838), Richard (born 1840), and Patty (born 1845). Sarah was a domestic servant as was her sister Patty who was listed in an 1858 inventory as being a seamstress. Robert was a “valuable carpenter.” George Bolling served in the dining room as the waiting man. Richard’s labors are unknown.

The Civil War split this family apart. Robert was encamped with Dr. Eppes’ cavalry company in the summer of 1861 but ran to the Union lines on August 27, 1861. Sarah and Patty departed the Eppes’ land in 1862. George and Richard did not run off. George remained with the family as they returned home in 1866 and appears infrequently in Richard Eppes’ post-war diaries.

Did You Know?

Lesser Siren

Hatcher's Run beaver pond in Petersburg's Five Fork's Unit is home to two unusual amphibians. The Amphiuma (Amphiuma means) can grow up to 3.25 feet and live almost 30 years. The Lesser Siren (Siren intermedia) is the most primitive salamander still in existence.