Centre Hill Mansion

Centre Hill Mansion

The ground floor 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 and archival items and artifacts related to the Bolling family. A turn-of-the-century aviary of stuffed birds from Australia is also on display. 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 can 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.