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“Blandford Church and Cemetery”

Blandford Church and Cemetery
Ranked #3 of 27 things to do in Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence
Level 6 Contributor
92 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Blandford Church and Cemetery”
Reviewed 26 September 2013

Amazing, must see, one of a few buildings in North America with 100% Tiffany Stained Glass Windows! The Brick Church on Well's Hill, now known as Old Blandford Church of Bristol Parish, was erected in 1735. Rich in Colonial, Revolutionary, War of 1812, and Confederate history, this old church was abandoned after the building of another Episcopal church in Petersburg, when the Town of Blandford had been absorbed by Petersburg. Necessary repairs for its preservation were made by the City of Petersburg in 1882. Among the more noted individuals buried within the cemetery is one foreigner, Major General William Phillips, British citizen and commander of the British troops during the April 25, 1781 "Battle of Petersburg." In June 1866, the first Memorial Day in the United States was celebrated in honor of the 30,000 Confederate soldiers buried on Memorial Hill inside the burial ground.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Mark Y
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English first
Chesapeake, Virginia, United States
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“You wont believe it until you see the Tiffany stained glass windows”
Reviewed 25 August 2013

Do the tour of the church it is worth it.

The church was built in 1735. The oldest grave marker dates back to 1709. Some have been damaged by cannon balls.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Dan S
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Level 6 Contributor
104 reviews
53 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful Tiffany Stained Glass”
Reviewed 17 August 2013

You go to the Visitor Center in the cemetery and pay a small fee for a guided tour of the church. The glass is beautiful, as is the story of how it got there.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank BarbaraBetty
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Raleigh, United States
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Historic Church and Cemetary”
Reviewed 13 August 2013

This was a wonderful stop on our Petersburg Trip. The Tiffany windows in the church are absolutely beautiful. To know that the church was used as a Civil War Field Hospital was also very inspirational. To walk through the Confederate Cemetery and realize that over 30,000 men were buried there was very touching. For anyone who likes old churches and old cemeteries, this is a must see.

Visited August 2013
2 Thank Joe B
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
3,305 reviews
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“You've got to see the Tiffany windows”
Reviewed 9 August 2013

The last thing you see on the battlefield in Petersburg, Virginia, is the famous crater, where Union soldiers dug a long tunnel and dynamited a huge gap in the Confederate line early in the 10-month siege. The strategy failed as the Confederates rallied to retake the ground. As you leave the area, take a right on the highway, drive about a mile and you come to the Blandford Church and Cemetery. Trust me, you have to stop. The attraction doesn't have anything directly to do with the Civil War. But you have to see it. Built in 1735 for colonial parishioners, the church was restored in the early 1900s as a memorial to Confederate soldiers. It is one of the few churches for which decorative stained glass windows were completely executed under the direction of Louis Comfort Tiffany. The 15 stained glass windows commemorate each of the 13 Confederate states. Maryland and Kentucky, two border states, have smaller windows than the original 11 southern states that seceded from the Union. One additional window is of a cross and the other honors the organization behind the effort, the Ladies Memorial Association of Petersburg. They persuaded each of the states to appropriate money to pay for the large Tiffany windows, which cost only $300 at the time. Now, of course, they are priceless. Tours of the church and the surrounding cemetery are given every hour. The church no longer has services. In the relative darkness of the interior of the church, the sunlight allows the brilliant colors of the windows to burst forth. It is also interesting to learn about some of the figures from the Revolutionary War and Civil War periods who are buried in the cemetery. The most famous person buried at Blandford? "Joseph Cotten," said the tour guide, referring to the Petersburg native who became one of the most famous Hollywood and Broadway actors of his generation..

Visited July 2013
3 Thank Taylor B
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