The City of Petersburg is part of the Richmond-Petersburg metropolitan area. Petersburg offers all of the conveniences of city living together with strong historical and cultural ties to its past. Petersburg offers easy access to the galleries, art and science museums, and shopping in Richmond, as well as historical museums, beautiful residential neighborhoods, and a selection of unique bed and breakfast inns.
The City of Petersburg was founded in 1850 by combining several nearby settlements. It originally served as a port, railroad center, and commercial trading center, and played a significant role in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. It continues to serve as an important access point for central Virginia to the East Coast byways.
One of Petersburg's most distinguished residential areas is Poplar Lawn, which was founded in 1783 as a neighborhood housing some of the era's most influential merchants. Today, it houses some of Virginia's most distinguished historical estates, and is a designated historical district. It is a showcase for the Federal style, Greek Revival, Italianate and Queen Anne architectural styles. Petersburg has not yet been affected by the market booms in rest of Virginia, and provides some of the most lucrative investment opportunities in the area.
Petersburg is serviced by the Richmond International Airport, as well as the major Virginia byways of I-95, I-64, I-85, and I-295. It offers a variety of commuting options into Richmond as well.