The Petersburg Preservation Task Force (PPTF) serves as the primary organization preserving, managing, and presenting Petersburg’s rich and unique historic resources. PPTF is a group of citizens – many representing organizations and some simply concerned individuals – that convened in mid-2016 as the City of Petersburg dealt with a severe financial crisis forcing the closing of City Museums in October. In December, PPTF was successful in securing an agreement from the City, re-opened Historic Blandford Church and Centre Hill Museum and has carried out an impressive calendar of special events and activities that have been attended by thousands of visitors. As of August 2017, PPTF expects to re-open the Exchange Building, home of the Siege Museum, following extensive repairs and restoration made possible by not only financial support but also generous contributions of goods and services by businesses and skilled tradesmen and the labor of many citizen volunteers.
Just 20 miles from downtown Richmond, Pocahontas offers boating, picnicking, camping, camping cabins, hiking, and interpretive and environmental education programs. The Aquatic Center offers seasonal water-based activities for the entire family. It has a kiddie pool, fountain wet deck, three-foot and five-foot-deep leisure pools, an activity pool and two tubular water slides. Rowboat, paddleboat, kayak and canoe rentals also are available at the 200-acre Swift Creek Lake during the summer. The park’s two fishing lakes have crappie, largemouth bass, bluegill and catfish. The park has more than 80 miles of trails throughout 7,925 acres open to hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. The Civilian Conservation Corps Museum, dedicated to the Depression-era workers who helped build the state park system, is one of a handful in the nation. The park’s Heritage Center and dining halls are available for meetings, events and seasonal performances. Group facilities with meeting space and primitive overnight cabins also are available. Hours 7 a.m. – dusk. Location In Chesterfield County, about 20 miles from Richmond. It’s easily accessible from Interstate 95, Route 288 and Route 360. See below for detailed directions. Its address is 10301 State Park Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832-6355; Latitude, 37.373973. Longitude, -77.571782. Drive Time: Northern Virginia, two hours; Richmond, half an hour; Tidewater/Norfolk/Virginia Beach, two hours; Roanoke, three hours Directions: From Interstate 95 south of Richmond: Take exit 61 onto Route 10 west, then left onto Route 655 (Beach Road). Go about four miles to State Park Road, which is on the right. From Interstate 95 north of Richmond: Take Interstate 295 south to Route 10 west (Iron Bridge Road) to Route 655 (Beach Road) to State Park Road. From 64 west of Richmond: Take Route 288 south to Route 10 east (Iron Bridge Road) to Route 655 (Beach Road) to State Park Road. From 64 east of Richmond: Take Interstate 295 south to Route 10 west to Route 655 (Beach Road) to State Park Road. Park Size 7,950 acres. Swift Creek Lake: 150 acres. Beaver Lake: 24 acres. Camp 7 lake: 7 acres.
Established in 2003, the Top Game BJJ Academy has served Richmond, Virginia and the surrounding area by teaching what many believe to be the most effective form of self-defense ever created. Developed by the legendary Gracie family of Brazil, instruction in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu was often only available to Brazil’s social elite. After over 80 years of development and after being introduced to the United States in the early 90s, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu has exploded in popularity and instruction in this fighting art is in high demand world-wide. The Top Game BJJ Academy instructors excel in providing top notch instruction, right here in Richmond, VA, enabling anyone regardless of sex, age, size, or athletic ability to learn these highly effective and sought after techniques. Change your quality of life by getting into the best shape of your life, by practicing Brazilian Jiu-jitsu! We also offer a Thai Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts training program.