Petersburg, Virginia is located about 25 miles south of the capital of the state, Richmond. There are approximately 35,000 residents in the city and it is located on the Appomattox River. Petersburg is loaded with American and regional history and is a definite must stop for Civil War buffs. While Petersburg was an integral battle that was fought during the Civil War, the city of Petersburg has a huge African American history to its lore. It is home to the historical black college, Virginia State University, and the city is also home to two of the oldest African American Baptist churches in the United States. Another good thing about Petersburg is its location from Richmond and the Hampton Roads area. Richmond is loaded with history as it was the capital of the Confederacy. Hampton Roads is the largest metropolitan area in Virginia and has everything from the beach, concerts, history, and a whole lot more. Petersburg is a working man's town as it is home to several big manufactuers and was once home to tobacco giant, Brown and Williamson. Petersburg was named an All American City back in 1958. That tradition still rings true today. If you want to expierience a piece of the American pie, then visit Petersburg, Virginia.