Sailor's Creek Battlefield State Park
Rice, VA

Park size: 321 acres in Amelia, Nottoway and Prince Edward counties.

The site is historical because on April 6, 1865, the Black Thursday of the Confederacy, Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia lost 7,700 men, including eight generals, in the battles of Sailor's Creek. This defeat was key to Lee's decision to surrender at Appomattox Court House 72 hours later, thus ending the war in Virginia

The Overton-Hillsman House, used as a field hospital during and after the battle, is open to visitors April 1 through Oct. 31, Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. There's no fee for touring the Overton-Hillsman House. Contact the park at (804) 561-7510,, to arrange a special tour for large groups during the off-season. The park can arrange for period costumed interpreters for special tours.

The park is a stop on Lee's Retreat Driving Tour, which follows the route of his army from Petersburg to Appomattox Court House. While on the trail, drivers can set the radio to 1610-AM for battle details and descriptions. Learn more about this offering by visiting the Virginia's Civil War Trails website or calling toll-free 1-888-CIVIL-WAR. Trail travel packages are available as well; call 1-800-769-5912 for details.

Visitor Center - The timeline begins April 2, 1865, when Confederate forces leave Richmond and Petersburg, and ends on April 8, 1865, the day before the surrender at Appomattox Court House. Exhibits also features state-of-the-art holographic storytellers and artifacts native to the battles of Sailor’s Creek.
Nature and history programs at the Visitor Center:
1)    Commemoration of the battle - April
2)    Star-gazing - Spring, summer, fall (may be cancelled because of bad weather)
3)    Overton-Hillsman House tours - April through October, Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
4)    Veteran's Day Luminaria
5)    Civil War Santa - December

Sailor's Creek Battlefield State Park
6541 Saylers Creek Road
Rice, VA 23966
Phone: (804) 561-7510

The park is at 6541 Saylers Creek Road, Rice, Va. From U.S. 460, take Route 617 (Saylers Creek Rd.) to Sailor’s Creek Battlefield State Park. From U.S. 360, take State Route 307 (connecting highway between U.S. 360 and U.S. 460) to Route 617 North (Saylers Creek Rd.).

Learn more about park offerings by calling 1-800-933-PARK or email

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