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Top 14 attractions to explore in Chesterfield County

A  county located just south of Richmond in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  It is the fourth-most populous county in Virginia. Blessed with natural beauty and so many historic places.

Attractions in Chesterfield County

BENSLEY PARK2900 Drewrys Bluff Rd, Richmond, VA 23237, USA

This 17-acre park provides several recreational amenities, including tennis courts, ball fields, walking trails, a picnic area and a playground. The Bensley Recreation Center, which is located within the park, also hosts a variety of programs and events for youths, adults, and seniors.

Centre Hill Mansion1 Centre Hill Ave, Petersburg, VA 23803, USA

The Centre Hill Mansion was built in 1823 by Robert Bolling IV, a Revolutionary War veteran and member of a prominent Virginia family. The house is a combination of Federal, Greek Revival, and Colonial architectural styles. The house remained a residence until 1936. Today Centre Hill is a historic house museum owned and operated by the City of Petersburg.

Henricus Historical Park251 Henricus Park Rd, Chester, VA 23836, USA

Henricus was one of the earliest English settlements in the New World. It was located on the neck of a peninsula later known as Farrar's Island, a former curl of the James River about 12 miles southeast of the modern city of Richmond, Virginia.

Magnolia Grange House Museum10020 Iron Bridge Rd, Chesterfield, VA 23832, USA

The Magnolia Grange is a historic mansion located across from the Chesterfield County Courthouse in Chesterfield. This brick plantation house was built in 1823 and is a two-story, five-bay, brick dwelling in the Federal style.  It is known for its elaborate woodwork and ornamental ceiling medallions. It now operates as a  museum and has a lot of ancient collections.

Metro Richmond Zoo8300 Beaver Bridge Rd, Moseley, VA 23120, USA

A privately owned for-profit zoo which was in Chesterfield county has an area of 70 acres and houses around 2,000 animals representing over 180 species, including reticulated giraffe, white rhinoceros, snow leopard, cheetah and Grant's zebra.

Mid-Lothian Mines Park13301 N Woolridge Rd, Midlothian, VA 23114, USA

Midlothian Mines Park is a park developed in Midlothian, Virginia which promotes educational tours and nature trails about the history of the pioneer mining and railroad industries in Chesterfield County,

Pamplin Historical Park6125 Boydton and Petersburg Plank Rd, Petersburg, VA 23803, USA

A 424-acre private sector historical park located near Petersburg, Virginia.  The park preserves open space and serves the dual use of preserving a significant fragment of the Petersburg Breakthrough Battlefield, a National Historic Landmark, and key components of the Third Battle of Petersburg. The park also provides a footprint location for the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, which is located within the park.

Petersburg National BattlefieldPetersburg, VA 23805, USA

Petersburg National Battlefield is a National Park Service unit preserving sites related to the American Civil War Siege of Petersburg. It is centered on the city of Petersburg, Virginia, and also includes outlying components in Hopewell, Prince George County, and Dinwiddie County. Over 140,000 people visit the park annually.

Pocahontas State Park10301 State Park Rd, Chesterfield, VA 23832, USA

This is a state park located in Chesterfield, Virginia. It was laid out by the Civilian Conservation Corps along the Swift Creek. The park is the site of the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum with exhibits about the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Virginia. The exhibits include photographs, artifacts and personal mementos.

One of four refuges that comprise the Eastern Virginia Rivers National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Established to protect habitat for wintering waterfowl and other migratory birds, Presquile is an important component in the network of refuges on and around the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States. The refuge is primarily hardwood swamp, with a fringe of marsh and 300 acres of upland fields.

Richmond National Battlefield Park470 Tredegar St, Richmond, VA 23219, USA

The Richmond National Battlefield Park commemorates 13 American Civil War sites around Richmond, Virginia, which served as the capital of the Confederate States of America for most of the war. The park connects certain features within the city with defensive fortifications and battle sites around it.

St Paul's Episcopal Church815 E Grace St, Richmond, VA 23219, USA

This is a historic Episcopal church in Richmond, Virginia. It has long been a popular house of worship for political figures, including General Robert E. Lee and Confederate President Jefferson Davis. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969 as St. Paul's Church.

Varina-Enon BridgeHenrico, VA 23231, USA

This is a cable-stayed bridge that carries Interstate 295 across the James River near Dutch Gap between Henrico County near Richmond and Chesterfield County near Hopewell, Virginia. It was opened to traffic in July 1990. The bridge is truly an architectural wonder which has six lanes.

Violet Bank DriveViolet Bank Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23464, USA

Violet Bank is a historic plantation house and museum in Colonial Heights, Virginia. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. Today the home is a superb example of Federal design and American interior decorative arts. The museum interprets the period from 1815 to 1873 and displays a wide array of Civil War era artifacts.

Map of attractions in Chesterfield County