End of an era for Petersburg. As a result of growing debts, the city will be closing it's museums effective October 1st. Since 1970, the city has operated a tourism department and historic museum sights in the downtown area. Petersburg tourism has brought thousands of visitors to the city annually, along with those visitors came revenue and growing interest in the city's 400 year long past. Since the 1970s, the city has operated as many as 9 historic sites and visitor centers. When tourism efforts were at their most, the city's museums consisted of Blandford Church, Centre Hill Mansion, Farmers Bank, McIlwaine House, Siege Museum, Trapezium House, and Battersea, along with two visitor centers. Within the last decade, the city relinquished ownership of three of those historic properties: Battersea, Trapezium House, and McIlwaine House, while continuing to operate the largest of the facilities: Siege Museum, Centre Hill Mansion, Blandford Church, and Farmers Bank. These have been great venues for promoting the city's history, touring, weddings, and filming. The city has chosen to eliminate museums and visitor services from the annual budget, in hopes of saving $300,000 by closing the historic sites. Anyone who has not seen these treasures from the past, we encourage you to visit before their closure. Siege Museum closed last November in hopes of restoring the building. Centre Hill, Blandford Church, and Farmers Bank are currently open. Centre Hill Mansion: 1 Centre Hill Court, Petersburg. Blandford Church, 111 Rochelle Lane, Petersburg. Farmers Bank, 19 Bollingbrook Street, Petersburg.
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