Most visitors associate Petersburg, Virginia, with the closing days of the Civil War. Petersburg experienced the longest siege of any American city – ten long months. The city has been a strategic center of commerce, trade and transportation since before the Revolutionary War. You can study not only the ground on which Civil War soldiers fought and died, but also the world which they and civilians lived in and found worth paying the ultimate price to defend. By exploring the Petersburg area, visitors can begin to understand how Southern communities sustained, endured and emerged from the Civil War. Contact Petersburg Visitors Center 800-368-3595; www.petersburg-va.org.