Attn. GPS Users - Advice for Seeking Directions to the Park
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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.
Petersburg National Battlefield VirtualCache Program
Welcome to Petersburg National Battlefield's VirtualCache Program! This National Park Service-sponsored recreational activity leads you to some of the park's significant historical, cultural and natural resources. Using your own Global Positioning System (GPS) unit and a set of clues obtained from the website and hidden along the journey, you can guide yourself to a series of sites in the park.
To make your experience an unforgettable success, please read these guidelines and suggestions:
What you will need to participate:
1. GPS unit
National Battlefield General information:
Below you will find the listing of the current VirtualCaching Sites. You will also find the tracking sheet that you will need to have initialed in order to receive your coin. Please make sure to follow all Site Instructions to receive credit.
Site 1 Jordan House Foundation
Please keep in mind that these sites are in no particular order and do not follow the tour road map that is available at the Visitors Center. The tour road map, will, however, help you identify where some locations are. Also be advised that the tour road is a one way road. If you have any suggestions, comments or need more information, you can email our Education Specialist.
We have a limited number of GPS units available for checkout. A valid ID/Credit Card will be required to be exchanged for the GPS and will be returned upon the GPS' return.
Did You Know?
Richard Eppes, owner of Appomattox Plantation, which is currently part of the Grant's HQ Unit of Petersburg National Battlefield, noted that it took 8,320 pounds of bacon each year to feed his 127 enslaved people in 1860.