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Petersburg prepares for rush of Civil War history buffs

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Posted at 3:29 PM, Jan 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-12 15:29:00-05

PETERSBURG, Va. — The South Side Depot in historic Old Towne Petersburg will soon be restored and transformed into a visitor’s center designed to handle an influx of Civil War tourists ahead of the 150th anniversary of the Siege of Petersburg. The National Park Service, Virginia Department of Transportation, the Department of Historical Resources, the Civil War Trust and Petersburg city officials held a restoration ceremony Monday.

“Today’s ceremony could not have come at a better time than during the planning for the sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War,” Petersburg Mayor W Howard Myers said. “This project is a great example of a public-private partnership to help preserve the history and continue the legacy of this great city.”

The South Side Depot is the oldest depot in Virginia.

Once complete, the National Park Service will staff the visitor’s center.