2 Petersburg museums to reopen despite city's financial troubles

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) -- Petersburg's interim City Manager, Tom Tyrrell, has reached an agreement with the Petersburg Preservation Task Force to operate two sites: Centre Hill Museum and Blandford Church from Dec 1, 2016 through at least March 1, 2017.

Blandford Church will be open Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Centre Hill will be open Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


"This is a great day for Petersburg's future," said Atiba Muse of the Petersburg Preservation Task Force. "After months of meeting with concerned citizens, business owners, tourism and city officials, an organic consortium of citizens have organized making tremendous progress in maintaining our ability to have viable attractions bringing visitors who will shop, eat and enjoy our great city."

The Task Force has created a Facebook page and has also begun a GoFundMe site with the goal of raising $50,000 to sustain the museums into the future.

The Robert Bobb Group says they believe all citizens of the City of Petersburg are part of the solution to the city's budget crisis.

"By realizing this crisis, addressing the needs of our citizens, employees, businesses, government officials, and tourists, we will complete our mission of stabilizing our great city," explained Robert Bobb. "We have always been a diverse community and we will continue to be one as we progress through this difficult time."

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