233rd Anniversary of the 1781 Battle of Petersburg

The Annual Revolutionary War Reenactment of the 1781 Battle of Petersburg to be held at historic Battersea, one of Petersburg’s premiere architectural treasures.

The weekend will provide the public the opportunity to experience and learn about the soldiers who fought in the War for American Independence from England.   Re-enactors portraying American, British and German troops will camp on the grounds of Battersea and will hold regimental drills, training exercises, skirmishes, and battle demonstrations throughout the weekend. Enjoy the Reenactment of the 1781 Battle of Petersburg at 1:30 pm each afternoon.

Activities each day include:  period demonstrations on music, dancing, woodcarving, children’s games, horse demonstrations, an herbalist, a midwife, sewing demonstrations, a Military Field Hospital display, and much more.  Enjoy Signora Bella, the Great Italian Equilibrist (performing 18th century acrobatics); and, a Revolutionary War Art display by local artist, Henry Kidd.    Period music will be performed on the front porch of Battersea.   The Neo-Palladian style home, built in 1768 by founding father, Colonel John Banister, a signer of the Articles of Confederation and the first mayor of Petersburg will be open for self-guided tours daily.

Event Dates/Times

 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


 Tickets are $5 for adults; children 12 and under are FREE