Blandford Church, Petersburg, Virginia

Sugar’s great-somebody-or-other was Peter Jones. I’ve seen through various sources that Petersburg was named for three Peter Jones. Instead of Jonesburg, we get Petersburg. Seems like a simple enough concept.

We had a plan.  Really, Sugar had a plan.  We would go to Petersburg, spend the night, take a tour of the Petersburg area in the morning, then head over to Amelia County for the afternoon, then on to Richmond that evening where we would check into the B&B that we had found online.

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So we’re packed and ready to go, but first, we have to go to the Sugar’s Grooming & Boarding business to walk and feed the boarders.  It’s what we do every Sunday morning.  Business as usual.

Sugar had a momentary bit of panic when he realized that we were really making this trip, and he slammed the accelerator as we entered the business’s parking lot.  We careened through the parking lot, which isn’t paved with concrete, but with recycled asphalt which is supposed to pack down.  Some parts were more packed than others, resulting in an uneven surface.  Dear Lord help me.

My head slung around like a bobble-head doll, and I remember screaming, “Stop the car!”

He didn’t stop the car, but kept busting through the parking lot, which thankfully was empty except for the one insane vehicle that we were riding in.

My yelling “Put on the brakes!” did not cause the car to stop, either.  Sugar gained his sanity and foot-stomped the brake, and I bobble-headed towards the dashboard.

He calmly explained, “I drive like this all the time at work.  I’m in a panic all day long to deliver the mail on time.  I have to shortcut.”  I screeched something about riding with him for years, and he’s never driven like this.  It was clear that I was going to have to drive to Petersburg.

So we settled down, and took a deep breath, and took care of the boarders, then on to Petersburg.

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I don’t remember anything special about the drive, thank God, and we arrived at the southern end of Petersburg in good order.  We decided to go ahead and head on into Petersburg, which was quite a radical plan, seeing as how it was on the schedule for the following day.  Sugar, deviate from a plan?  The world might stop.  Me, deviate from a plan?  What plan?

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We’ve circled around the church from the main entrance. It’s quite hilly here.

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BATTLE OF PETERSBURG

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HERE WAS FOUGHT THE BATTLE OF

PETERSBURG, APRIL 26, 1781.  THE

SOUTHSIDE MILITIA, 1000 STRONG

AND COMMANDED BY BARON STEUBEN

AND GENERAL MUHLENBERG MADE

A BRAVE RESISTANCE TO 2500

BRITISH REGULARS UNDER PHILLIPS

AND ARNOLD.

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This shot is from the rear of the church. Note: Western sun. We have plenty of daylight.

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We didn’t find Peter Jones, but we did find General Joseph Jones.

 

In Memory

of

GENERAL JOSEPH JONES

of

Cedar Grove Petersburg

1749 – 1824

Churchman, Patriot, Soldier.

Vestryman Bristol Parish 1773.

Member of Committee of Public

Safety 1775.

Captain Virginia Line 1776 – 79.

Colonel of Militia 1793.

Lieutenant and Member of

House of Delegates

Dinwiddie Co. 1793.

Major General 1802.

Postmaster of Petersburg and

Collector of the Port 1821 0 24.

 

This stone is part of the original

Tomb at Cedar Grove.

Erected by Frances Bland Randolph

Chapter D. A. R.

 

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Now we’re looking at the front right corner of the church.

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Next stop:  The Peter Jones Trading Post.

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