The City of Hopewell is located between the James and Appomattox rivers in the Richmond-Petersburg metropolitan area. Accessible from I-295, which connects the major byways of I-95 and I-64, Hopewell is ideally located. The city of Richmond is easily accessible, and Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Williamsburg, and Washington DC are all within a two hour drive. It is also located only 15 miles from the Richmond International Airport.
Hopewell celebrates its long and impressive history with Civil War sites, museums, and historic manors. Its central location in Virginia established Hopewell as a site of major importance in both the colonial era and the Civil War. Hopewell is the home of the US Army Women's Museum, which celebrates the role women have played in the armed forces throughout history, as well as the Early History Museum and the Open Air Walking Museum.
The City of Hopewell is home to a variety of graceful historical estates, many of which are still open to the public. Appomattox manor, which served as a staging ground for Ulysses S Grant during the Civil War, is located in Petersburg National Battlefield, and is a beautifully restored example of an antebellum estate. Weston Manor, an 18th century plantation home, is one of the most well preserved historic homes in the nation. It is listed in the National Register of Historic places and contains three full floors of period antiques.
The City is in the process of establishing a gorgeous Town Center, complete with shopping, dining, theater, and office space. The Downtown Revitalization Plan recently won the Award of Excellence from the Virginia Downtown Development Association, and features a state of the art regional library as well as a full restoration of the Historic Beacon Theater, both of which are scheduled for completion by December of 2006. The increased modernity and convenience of these areas, in addition to the antique, collectible, and gift shops of Historic Downtown Hopewell offer a winning combination, whatever your tastes.