• News for Tourism

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    When you are walking through Appomattox Riverside Regional Park, it is hard not to notice much of the wildlife living there. The natural habitat of American Sycamore trees provided by the 10 mile river trail is home to many species of birds such as Northern Cardinals, Carolina Wren, and the Yellow-Rumped Warbler. Through the shrubbery and foliage, you’ll see sparrows feeding on seed heads ...read more
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    Monday, July 17, 2017
    This week Prince George County High School graduate, resident and current VCU researcher, Dr. Eliza Lamb, stopped by to talk about her exciting new project called the Lamb Center for Arts and Healing. The Center would like to hear from community members on where and how they would like to see new art programming happening in our area. She invites you to take a short survey. The survey is available ...read more
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    Friday, July 14, 2017
    The Kvasnicka family has been farming in Prince George County since 1896. Today they raise soybeans, wheat, barley, and rye AND Tony Kvasnicka is growing hops for fun while he works to establish himself as a malt supplier to craft brewers. Malt comes from barley and is tricky to grow in this region according to Kvasnicka. Working with a Virginia Tech bred barley called “Thorough Bred”, ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 12, 2017
    Local farmer Tony Kvasnicka will be cooking shrimp and burgers alongside his friend and customer Terry Ammons to celebrate Ammo’s One Year Anniversary this weekend, July 15, 2017. 6 Row Mosaic will be on tap for those who wish to support farm to table entrepreneurial activities. This craft beer is brewed exclusively with barley grown and malted in Prince George County on the Kvasnicka farm. ...read more
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    Monday, July 10, 2017
    Fort Lee Soldiers, families and civilian employees began a century of support to the nation in 1917 when Camp Lee was established to train the 80 th Division for service during WWI. Today, Fort Lee is the Army’s Home of Sustainment and supports the training, education and development of adaptive Army professionals in fields such as transportation, supply, culinary arts and equipment repair ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 05, 2017
    Start with the Hopewell Prince George Visitor Welcome Center where you will be treated to the up to date resource guide for Virginia. Mark Twain is credited with saying “why waste your money looking up your family tree? Just go into politics and your opponents will do it for you.” But we know that you can’t trust others to look at the whole tree and not just the nuts. When we ...read more
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    Monday, July 03, 2017
    Diane and Frank Zimmerman were drawn back to Hopewell VA from their retirement in Florida. Family brought them back and rather than return to a neighboring county, they expanded their search to include Hopewell. They fell in love with a home in Mansion Hills and have lived in this area since November 2016. About the time of their relocation they visited a friend in Appomattox, VA. While there they ...read more
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    Friday, June 30, 2017
    For some pups and their owners, the car is the place to be. The open road, the window down, tongue hanging out and all is right with the world … until you cannot find a dog park, a pet-friendly hotel, or even a safe public grassy rest area, or even a conveniently located veterinarian. Prince George, Virginia is pet-friendly community, so it only makes sense for the Hopewell/Prince George ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 28, 2017
    Locals fondly call this road trip “a passport to pork.” If you stop at the Visitor Welcome Center you can pick up the map that is marked with the barbecue trail. You can go first to K & L Barbecue in Cavalier Square Shopping Center in Hopewell, then head west to Monroe Grill on Puddledock Road, head south to Nanny’s in South Prince George, then wrap it up by going east to ...read more
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    Monday, June 26, 2017
    There is nothing like live music to reduce stress and elevate the mood. Here in Hopewell VA the parking is free. There is plenty of it. So pull on your jeans, grab some friends and meet up at the Beacon Theatre this summer for a relaxing rhythmic evening. If you want to spend the night we have every major hotel brand within 15 minutes of the Beacon. If you want to dine on the river before the ...read more
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    Friday, June 23, 2017
    Prince George County, VA is now home for our family. We first moved to Virginia in 2005 from Louisiana. We were stationed at Fort Lee after deciding that my soldier husband would return to the Army full time. This came just after his returning from a deployment to Iraq with his reserve unit in Louisiana. The move was hardest on our oldest daughters, as they left behind friends and community ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 21, 2017
    Launching your boat out of Jordan Point Yacht Haven in Prince George VA immediately presents you with a choice! Hang a left and go under the Benjamin Harrison Bridge to the confluence of the Appomattox River and the James River where you will find other recreational boats or sportsmen angling for catfish and bass; or hang a right and head towards the Chesapeake Bay where you will be able to ...read more
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    Monday, June 19, 2017
    Fishing out of the Hopewell City Marina is both a recreational activity and a competitive sport with the Appomattox River, the James River and many creeks branching out from the James. There are many opportunities for the beginner to stand on a public dock and fish and for the serious sportsman to win a local catfish tournament in the Catfish Capital of Virginia or compete in a Bass Tournament. ...read more
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    Friday, June 16, 2017
    With the Wonder City Beer Fest coming this Saturday, it got us thinking about craft beer. There has been a rise in popularity for craft beers in our Hopewell and Prince George County, VA area. We have two breweries nearby that offer wide ranges of beer and awesome locations to hang out with friends. The Boathouse at City Point is offering craft beer on draft, one, an Oyster Ale that was created ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 14, 2017
    A plan comes together. It all began in 1991 when 25 acres that was set aside for a park adjacent to the land that would house a regional jail. The creation of the park was championed by FOLAR (Friends of the Lower Appomattox River) in 2003. FOLAR volunteer leadership partnered with Prince George County, Riverside Regional Jail and hundreds of other volunteers from industry, military, civic ...read more
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    Monday, June 12, 2017
    On March 23, 1865 Lincoln, along with son Tad, and wife Mary boarded the River Queen and departed for City Point (now eastern City of Hopewell). They arrived a day later and the President began his travels by horse and train to meet with the wounded soldiers and military leaders. He trudged up a rather steep incline to spend two of the last three weeks of his life in City Point where he dreamed of ...read more
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    Monday, June 05, 2017
    Many of you will recognize the names (link) of many amazing locals residents who provided free counseling services to entrepreneurs and small business owners as part of the Tri-Cities SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) hosted at the Hopewell-Prince George Chamber Building. Many committed volunteers served this chapter from 1986 until 2000. Today, RVA SCORE volunteers would like to see the ...read more
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    Thursday, June 01, 2017
    Although pimento cheese spread originated in the North, the South h as invented variations on this theme that go beyond cheddar cheese, pimento , some mayonnaise and seasonings. You will find the original homemade version in the deli section of Randolph Market in the heart of Hopewell. You will find a delicious original gourmet grilled pimento cheese sandwich at Upper Shirley Vineyards, across ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 30, 2017
    What excitement on the evening of the Lorrie Morgan concert, part of the Old Dominion Barn Dance at the historic Beacon Theatre in downtown Hopewell, Virginia! Old friends meeting new friends. Everyone having a good time. Even after two back to back shows, the theatre was beautiful and clean. The acoustics were great—in spite of one little glitch. The audience really went wild with a ...read more
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    Friday, May 26, 2017
    Memorial Day honors those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, their life. Visiting a National Cemetery is one way to honor the fallen. We observe locally with a Memorial Day Ceremony in Hopewell, VA beginning at 11:00 A.M. at City Point National Cemetery located at 10th Avenue and Davis Street in Hopewell Virginia. This year’s Keynote speaker will be Brigadier General Rodney Fogg, ...read more
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    Thursday, May 25, 2017
    Fort Lee! The US Army leased 9,000 acres in Prince George County, Virginia in April, 1917 to train the mobilizing Army. They named it Camp Lee. From that time until today Camp Lee has provided training and for a brief time; and it even served as a forest and game preserve for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Today, Fort Lee is the third largest training center in the Army, training more than 10,000 ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 23, 2017
    Hopewell and Prince George County VA are bounded on the North by 22 miles of riverfront. The access from marinas, national parks, public overlooks, trails and bridges is spectacular. Birders, fishermen and wildlife enthusiasts love the abundance of natural resources. On a recent trip with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) leaving the Jordan Point Yacht Haven Pier, we spotted 14 bald eagles, ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 16, 2017
    We have a new family friendly activity brought to us by new Hopewell home-owner, Diane Zimmerman. She has begun distributing unique hand painted rocks throughout the Hopewell Prince George County Virginia area in public parks, buildings, gardens, trails, and churches. The purpose of the project is to invite more artistic expression and to create outdoor fun. The instructions are simple: find a ...read more
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    Thursday, May 11, 2017
    A nice couple from Buffalo, NY began their visit to the area by stopping first at the Hopewell and Prince George, Virginia Visitor Welcome Center. We helped them find pet-friendly lodging for their four small dogs at the Quality Inn at Exit 45 off of Interstate I-95. We found a coupon for them and were able to recommend restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. Just before they climbed ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 09, 2017
    Following Earth Day and the philanthropy and volunteerism that surrounds it, many transformative projects are now underway that will solidify Hopewell and Prince George County as a destination for outdoor recreation and exploration of the natural environment. Site plans for the City Park Playscape have received approval and construction will begin in a few short weeks, bringing a new vision for ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 03, 2017
    A downtown City Park will serve as a vital link to the Appomattox River Greenway and an asset to the Main Street program by way of a new playscape. As designers, Timmons Group http://www.timmons.com/envisions a future gateway and trailhead incorporated into this site that will signify arrival and form a transition from the park as you embark on a hike down the riverside trail. Timmons Group has ...read more
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    Tuesday, May 02, 2017
    Imagine a city situated on a bluff at the confluence of two rivers that played critical roles in the history of our country. At a point below the bluff, beyond the neighborhoods, lies a park with a sweeping vista of the river. This is the City of Hopewell, rich in history and nature and ripe for adventure. Hopewell City Park Playground will soon be a destination for urban families who seek access ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 25, 2017
    Today at the Hopewell, Prince George County Virginia Visitor Center off I-295 in Central Virginia, we had the pleasure of assisting an adventurous couple. They shared that they are stopping in small cities and towns on the eastern seaboard to see what is special about each one. I wonder if they are travel writers. They had on rain gear and practical shoes; he grabbed the “Walking in ...read more
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    Thursday, April 20, 2017
    Today, I was having lunch with our Chamber Ambassadors and I ordered my usual favorite, a pulled pork sandwich. The barbecue sauce was sweet with a little bit of tang. Then I wondered how many different types of barbecue sauces there are. So, naturally, I googled it. Come to find out, each style of sauce is regionally classified. Surprisingly, Virginia is divided into 4 sauce regions. Here in ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 18, 2017
    Last week I made a hectic drive during rush hour to the big city. I went to a meeting after work and apparently failed to notice the restrictions on the only parking spot I could find. After a productive meeting, I returned in a great mood only to find a very pricey parking ticket. Working and visiting outside a Metro area has its perks! In Hopewell, Prince George Virginia, we have no parking ...read more
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    Thursday, April 13, 2017
    Let’s face it – nurturing plants ensures our survival. It’s that simple. In Hopewell and Prince George County, Virginia, we express the importance of gardening and agriculture in many ways. Our local area promotes gardening through the Prince George Master Gardener Association Horticulture Scholarship. It is offered to students pursuing their love of gardening and plant science. ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 12, 2017
    Today’s aspiring communities are resourceful in finding ways to establish accessible, fun, versatile spaces that attract activity. This past weekend Prince George County Parks and Recreation partnered with the Appomattox Regional Jail, Tri-cities Roadrunners, and Friends of the Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR) to provide the second annual 5K Trail Run at the Appomattox River Regional Park ! ...read more
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    Thursday, April 06, 2017
    Today, a modern HCA hospital, the John Randolph Medical Center, sits on a bluff just west of City Point. During the war seven hospitals operated at City Point during the siege with the largest being the Depot Field Hospital which covered an area of 200 acres. The hospital located here during the Civil War had a capacity of 10,000 patients, treating both Union and Confederate Soldiers. The ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 04, 2017
    First in a tent and then in a cabin overlooking the James and Appomattox Rivers, General Ulysses S. Grant led the Union war effort for nearly the last full year of the war. Featured in Spielberg’s movie, Lincoln, President Lincoln made two trips to this cabin overlook, with the second one during the final two weeks of the Civil War. From the River Queen, Lincoln would trudge up the steep ...read more
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    Thursday, March 30, 2017
    We invite you to connect with us to learn all about upcoming outdoor activities like the 2 nd Annual Appomattox River Regional Park 5k Train Run on April 8, which starts at 9 am at the park 800 Folar Trail or you can register online . RiverFest 2017 is coming! Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 29 featuring music, food, canoeing, and kayaking and fun for the whole family. Appomattox Riverside ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 28, 2017
    Attention outdoor explorers of Virginia! The Friends of the Lower Appomattox River have completed the master plan for 20+ miles of trails and signage along the lower Appomattox River. If you have been on trails like this then you know that it is so much fun to cycle, walk, kayak, bird-watch and run near a river. The Appomattox River Trail (ART) will offer safe, enjoyable connections to ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 25, 2017
    HAPPY HOLIDAYS ("See something you like? Share this Holiday message with friends and family".) "Light Up the Night" Excitement reigns supreme at Ashford Civic Plaza as Hopewell kicks off the Holiday Season with its annual parade, tree lighting, and special concerts with its theme of "Light Up The Night" on December 4, 2016 . Festivities begin at 3:30 pm with the ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 25, 2017
    TO ALL OUR VETERANS - THANK YOU We are a proud Nation with so many reasons to be grateful. Just one of those many reasons is our VETERANS . Celebrate this Veterans Day, November 11, 2016 , with your family and friends at one of the many ceremonies held in our area. Tell a Veteran - Thank YOU . Here are just a few ceremonies for you to consider: City Point National Cemetery, Hopewell, VA . The ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 25, 2017
    MARK YOUR CALENDARS, SET YOUR TIMERS, YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS A THING!!!! Czech-Slovak Festival! Put on your dancing shoes and bring your appetite for the BEST DAY , ever! The Virginia Czech and Slovak Folklife Festival is October 15, 2016 . A fun-filled day of traditional foods, beers, bakery items, musical performances, dancing, farm life exhibits, and activities for children can be ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 25, 2017
    Prince George County - Pork Butts and Beefsteak??? What does the Little Pig say? WEE, WEE, WEE, all the way home. No, No! WOW, WOW, WOW Pork Butts in Prince George County . After 25 years, the Pork Butt Festival is returning to Prince George County, VA, on September 24, 2016 . The original founders were a small group who got together for a "venison cookout in 1986." Over the years, ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 25, 2017
    NATIONAL NIGHT OUT!! NATIONAL NIGHT OUT ! You mean I can meet my neighbors and local police personnel in one night? YES, and more! "National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live", as stated by the National Night Out Organization. Neighbors meet ...read more
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    Friday, July 01, 2016
    The Commodores are coming! The Commodores are coming! Wake up the "Nightshift" !!! Wake up EVERYONE!!! "The Commodores" are coming on July 2, 2016 , to celebrate Hopewell's 100th Anniversary . This is a special outdoor, musical concert in Festival Park behind the Beacon Theatre. "The Commodores" are an American funk/soul band who highlighted the music ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 01, 2016
    What's Ya'll Got That Smells SO GOOD? "Butts on Broadway" You Say!!! "Get Your Butts to Broadway" is a Pork Butt Roast Competition and Festival on East Broadway Avenue in downtown Hopewell, VA, on Saturday, June 25, 2016 . Taste the area's best roasted pork butts and vote to choose the "Best Butt of 2016". There will be a people's choice and ...read more
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    Sunday, May 01, 2016
    May 2016 "Wonder City" Craft Beer Festival Craft Beer! What a way to celebrate a 100th Year Anniversary! Most everyone probably knows all there is to know about Craft Beer , however, we found this unique description on the Brewers Association website, " . . . 10 minutes of pleasure, pure happiness in a glass, authentic, archetypical, an intellectual beverage that is to be ...read more
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    Friday, April 01, 2016
    April 2016 Vietnam Art Exhibit at PGRHC If you haven't visited the Prince George Regional Heritage Center, then you will want to soon. On April 3 through April 30, the Center will open with a "Vietnam Combat Art" Exhibition, showcasing artists' impressions of the Vietnam War. On display will be "39 artworks in oil, watercolor, pastels, acrylics, pencil, ink and crayon" ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 01, 2016
    March 2016 It's Spring Well almost!! Time to start thinking about gardening, whether flowers, shrubs, fruits and vegetables, or all. Well, good news for you! The Prince George Master Gardener Association and Virginia Cooperative Extension are sponsoring the 14th Annual Good Gardening Symposium on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Richard Bland College Barn Theatre, 11301 Johnson Road, Petersburg, ...read more
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    Monday, February 01, 2016
    February 2016 Photo by Ken Newman The 19th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) will take place February 12 through 15. Anyone in the world can count birds at any location for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count and enter their sightings at www.BirdCount.org . The information gathered by tens of thousands of volunteers helps track changes in bird populations on a massive ...read more
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    Friday, January 01, 2016
    January 2016 Located on a 5.5 acre wooded lot in Prince George County, Scents of Cedar is a cedar log home turned into a bed & breakfast by Innkeepers Kathy and Bill Parley. The Parsleys have been hosting guests at their 4,800-square foot cedar log home since 1999. Bill supervised construction and design of the home in 1997; it was featured in the Original Log Cabin Home sales catalog in ...read more
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