Point of Rocks

President Lincoln first visited Point of Rocks with General Grant on June 22, 1864. Lincoln climbed a signal tower, where he viewed Petersburg. In May 1864, the Union army seized property east of the present-day park from its owner, the Reverend John Alexander Strachan, and built a field hospital there. The Strachan house became the surgeons' quarters. On March 27, 1865, President Lincoln again visited Point of Rocks with his wife Mary. Mrs. Lincoln toured the hospital. A cemetery was also established on the property. After the war, the remains were moved to City Point National Cemetery, and a freedman's village was established for newly freed African Americans.


Location Information

By appointment.
1011 Point of Rocks Road.
Chester, VA 23836
(804) 751-4664

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