Built in 1823 by Robert Bolling IV, Centre Hill Mansion remained an opulent Petersburg residence until 1936. The interior features outstanding examples of Greek revival architectural ornamentation as well as earlier Federal style and later Colonial Revival style architectural modifications. Through guided tours, visitors learn about the history of Centre Hill, including its role during the Civil War and the two Presidential visits to the house. Examples of eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth century decorative arts, many from the Petersburg area, are also exhibited. Visitors can also view the tunnel, constructed in the 1840s that led from the back of the house to nearby Henry Street.
Exterior of Centre Hill Mansion, South Facade. The Greek Revival style porch with Ionic columns was added during an extensive remodeling by Robert Buckner Bolling in the 1840s. Wm. Knabe Concert Grand Piano, 1886 Built for General William Mahone's daughter, Otelia. A Confederate general from Petersburg, William Mahone served in the U.S. Senate from 1881-1887. The piano was a gift to the Museum from William Mahone's grandson. Image copyright Petersburg Museums.
The basement galleries in Centre Hill feature permanent and temporary exhibitions on the history of Petersburg. Permanent exhibits include memorabilia and photographs from Centre Hill's archives, a turn-of-the-century aviary of stuffed birds from Australia and church furnishings from First Baptist Church, Harrison Street, Petersburg, the oldest African-American congregation in the United States.
Annual Special Events:
Ghost Watch, January 24th (Admission Fee and Reservations Required). The Centre Hill Holiday Open House is held the first weekend of December. For more information call (804) 733-2401.
The Petersburg Museums central gift shop is located in Centre Hill Museum. Open during Museum hours, the shop features a selection of books and gifts related to Petersburg and Virginia history.
Centre Hill Museum
1 Centre Hill Court
Petersburg, VA 23803
Free Parking is available on the Court in front of the Mansion and in the lot behind (on the North side) of the Mansion. We regret the Museum is not handicapped accessible.