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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

116-0006 City Point Historic District

City Point Historic District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 09/19/1978

NRHP Listing Date 10/15/1979

NPS property number 79000248

A settlement was established at City Point as early as 1613. First called Bermuda City, the village was renamed Charles City Point, and eventually City Point. It was incorporated in 1826 and annexed to Hopewell in 1923. The community remained small throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. The weight of history descended on City Point in 1864 when Gen. Ulysses. S. Grant made it his base of operations. Thousands of Union soldiers disembarked here, and numerous wharves, warehouses, depots, tents, and log shelters were quickly erected. President Abraham Lincoln visited City Point to observe the progress of the war. The community once again became a sleepy port village following the conflict and remained thus until the duPont Co. munitions plant was established nearby in 1913. Today, City Point is an tree-shaded residential neighborhood, with 18th and 19th century buildings scattered among architecturally harmonious later ones.

VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated April 4, 2018