PETERSBURG — Historic Petersburg Foundation is pleased to announce its offering of a Dependency Tour and Fall Fest to take place on Sept. 29, 2019, from 1-5 p.m. The event, the first of its kind in the area, will feature tours of the dependencies on the grounds of 5 different historic homes/buildings in downtown Petersburg. Demonstrations by local artisans, performances by period musicians, displays of historic artifacts, and re-enactors will be spread throughout the tour. Fall décor and other items will be available for sale.

For those who are not familiar with the term “dependency,” it refers to the different types of structures built in times past to support an affluent household. These include carriage houses, summer kitchens, smoke houses, slave quarters and, yes, privies. Many of these buildings still exist but have been lovingly restored and re-purposed for modern life. This tour will give participants the opportunity to learn the history of each dependency and to see each transformation.

The tour will include stops at the following locations:


The Farmers Bank — 19 Bollingbrook St.
The Benjamin Watkins Leigh House — 244 High St.
The Charles Leonard House — 280 High St.
Dodson’s Tavern — 311 High St.
The Strachan-Harrison House — 501 High St.

Artisans who will demonstrate their skills and sell their wares at the Fest include Blacksmith John Bottoms, Haberdashers Rod Givens and Ignatius Creegan, Woodworker and Basket Weaver Gordon Kendrick, Beekeepers Carla Park and Stan Houk, and Weaver Sarah Witiak. Others may be added. Local collector Eddie Woodmancey will host a display of Petersburg artifacts. Music will be provided by the popular Haversacks and Hardtack String Band and Iris Schwartz, who will perform on the soprano recorder. Re-enactors Bruce Donald, Michelle Murrills and Midwife Nona Wartella will greet visitors throughout the tour.

Advance ticket buyers may start the tour at any of the 5 named locations. For those needing tickets the day of the tour, they can be purchased at a Historic Petersburg Foundation tent/table set up at the small park at the foot of High Street. This will also serve as a general information booth.

Adjacent to the HPF tent, Susan Buyalos’s All Good Things Market from Dinwiddie will be selling pumpkins, mums and other fall décor. For book lovers, HPF will also be holding a used book sale at the same location. At the Farmers’ Bank location, Realtor Bill Hartsock will have information on historic properties for sale in Petersburg.

Suggested parking for the event is behind the Farmers’ Bank, at the corner of Market and Old Streets, and/or at the foot of High Street.

Tickets for the HPF Dependency Tour and Fall Fest are $20 in advance; $25 on the day of the tour. Advance tickets are available online on Eventbrite and historicpetersburg.org, or in person at:


Abigail’s Antiques in Old Town, 246 N. Sycamore St.
Joyner Paint and Frame Co, 310 W. Washington St.
Stephen F. Perry, CPA, PC, 3522 Boulevard in Colonial Heights
The Exchange Building, 15 W. Bank St.
Historic Petersburg Foundation (318 E. Washington St.) Wednesday – Friday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Historic Petersburg Foundation, HPF, is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the preservation of the City’s many historic structures and to keeping the stories of Petersburg’s past alive and relevant. This is its 52nd year working toward these goals. It is largely a volunteer organization. Funds for operations and initiatives come, in large part, from fundraisers such as this tour. Throughout the year, HPF also offers many educational events that are free and open to the public.

To learn more about HPF and read about recent events, developments, and accomplishments, go to www.historicpetersburg.org or visit them on Facebook. The recently restored 19th century Shirley VanLandingham headquarters building at 318 E. Washington St. is open Wednesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and welcomes visitors.

For more information on the tour or HPF, call Pam Covil, HPF Administrator, at 804-732-2096 or email her at historicpetersburgsfoundation@verizon.net.