The City of Hopewell is located 24 miles southeast of Virginia’s capital of Richmond and readily accessible by both I-295 and I-95.
City Point, the oldest part of Hopewell, was founded in 1613 by Sir Thomas Dale. Hopewell celebrates a rich history. Appomattox Plantation at City Point was built in 1763. During the Civil War, General Ulysses S. Grant directed the Siege of Petersburg from the grounds of this historic home. Weston Plantation, an elegant 18th-century plantation home, overlooks the Appomattox River. Its guided tour includes three floors furnished in period antiques and reproductions. Hopewell is also the gateway to Virginia’s historic James River Plantations, Berkeley and Shirley.
Cultural activities center on the restored Beacon Theatre and the new Appomattox Regional Library in Downtown Hopewell. These venues offer ongoing performances, exhibits and special events. A selection of Sears, Roebuck & Company catalog homes is located in the Crescent Hills neighborhood of Hopewell. Drive through this area and see mail-order homes built from 1926-1937.