Enjoy Historic Battersea's rolling lawn and hear John Plashal's captivating stories about abandoned houses and buildings he has discovered on Virginia's backroads.  As you hear the haunting histories of these places, you will see them on a very large screen.  He spent time in these communities getting to know the people.   The backdrop will be Historic Battersea, 251 years old, and currently under restoration - a Petersburg gem.  Bring blankets or chairs, a food truck will be on site or pack a picnic.  The villa will be open for tours and there will be cultural landscape walking tours.  Gates open at 6 pm, and the program will begin at 7:30 pm.  $20.  John Plashal is a noted photographer and author of A Beautifully Broken Virginia.


  • Occurred Saturday, August 24th, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Historic Battersea

1289 Upper Appomattox Street
Petersburg, VA 23803