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Old March 7th, 2016, 05:58 PM   #1
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Hopewell, VA

Hopewell is an independent city on the James River, at the mouth of the Appomattox River. Together with Petersburg and Colonial Heights, both a few miles southwest, Hopewell forms the Tri-Cities area jusst south of Richmond. The population is around 22,000.

Hopewell was settled in 1613 at City Point by Sir Thomas Dale, who named it "Bermuda Cittie" (Bermuda City). It was established at the same time as Bermuda Hundred, an area northwest that is similar to a modern-day township. Both were named for Bermuda, which was part of Virginia in the early 1600s. Within a few years of its settlement, the name was changed to Charles City, and then within a generation, the name was changed to Charles City Point. By the early 1700s, the name was shortened to City Point, where a small town grew up on the bluff overlooking the confluence of the James and Appomattox Rivers.

City Point became a strategic center late in the Civil War, when Union General Ulysses S. Grant used the Appomattox Manor plantation as his hearquarters for the Siege of Petersburg from 1864 to 1865.

The central portion of Hopewell was developed in 1914 as Hopewell Farm by the DuPont Company, which originally produced dynamite at this location, but then switched to guncotton during World War I. The community incorporated as an independent city in 1916. DuPont built several neighborhoods, such as A Village, B Village, South B Village, and Crescent Hills. The unincorporated town of City Point was annexed by the City of Hopewell in 1923.

Hopewell, by virtue of City Point, has the distinction of being the oldest continuously-inhabited English settlement in the United States, since Jamestown is no longer inhabited.



The Hopewell Courts Facility, on Broadway Avenue in the Downtown neighborhood. The structure was built in 1994.



The Hopewell Municipal Building, on Main Street. The structure was built in 1925.



A building on Main Street at Broadway Avenue.



The Beacon Theatre, on Main Street. The theater was built in 1928.



Buildings on Broadway Avenue.



Businesses on Broadway Avenue.



Businesses on Broadway Avenue.



The Maude Langhorne Nelson Library, at Library & Cawson Streets. The library was built in 2007.



Buildings on Main Street.



Hopewell still maintains much of its industrial heritage from the first half of the 20th century, such as this plant along Randolph Road.



First Baptist Church, on 2nd Avenue. The church was built in 1961.



Weston Manor, on Weston Lane, off of 21st Avenue. The plantation house was built in 1780, and was originally known as Western Manor, because it was west of Appomattox Plantation, or Appomattox Manor.



Weston Manor is regarded as one of the best-preserved plantation houses in Virginia.



Houses on Byrd Street.



City Point National Cemetery, on 10th Avenue. The cemetery was formed in 1866 to reinter soldiers buried in seven nearby hospital cemeteries, or from makeshift battlefield plots.



The cemetery has 5,100 internments, including 1,400 unknown soldiers, and 118 Confederate soldiers.



Along Fort Street in the A Village neighborhood is a Union earthen redoubt from General Ulysses S. Grant's occupation of Hopewell.



A house on Francis Street.



St. John's Episcopal Church, on Cedar Lane in the City Point neighborhood. The church was built in 1840 in the Greek Revival style, and was changed to a Gothic Revival style in 1894.



Appomattox Manor, at the end of Cedar Lane, overlooking the James River on one side, and Appomattox River on the other side. The house was built in 1763, with an east side added in 1840, and a west side added in 1850. President Abraham Lincoln used the house as an office while General Ulysses S. Grant occupied the grounds between June 1864 and April 1865.



Bonnaccord, on Pecan Avenue. The house was built in 1845 as a rectory for St. John's Episcopal Church on Cedar Lane. The Colonial Revival porch was added in 1916.



Miami Lodge, on Pecan Avenue overlooking the James River. The house was built in 1912 by the Eppes family, who lived in Appomattox Manor.



City Point offers an expansive view of the James River as it curves northward to Richmond. The river is dotted with islands and coves, being tidal this far inland.



Houses on Pecan Avenue in the City Point neighborhood. The house on the left was built in 1900, and the houses on the right were both built in 1910.



The Porter House, on Brown Avenue. The house was built in 1811.



The Dr. Peter Eppes House, on Brown Avenue. The house was built in 1859.



The Wiseman House, on Maplewood Avenue. The house was built in 1898.



The Cook House Annex, on Maplewood Avenue. The house was built in 1911.



The old City Point House, on Prince Henry Avenue. The old tavern was built in 1810, and is now a Masonic lodge.



The Samuel Cook House, on Prince Henry Avenue. The house was built in 1858.



Rowhouses on Bank Street, built in 1930.



The Bank of City Point, on Maplewood Avenue at Prince Henry Avenue. The bank was built in 1915.



The James House, on Maplewood Avenue. The house was built in 1880.

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James River panorama, from City Point

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Terrific tour!
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Nice photos...looks like a nice community
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