Historical Significance Charles B. Holt was born in North Carolina in 1872. Eventually he moved to Charlottesville, where he worked as a carpenter, locksmith, and umbrella and furniture repairman. Holt became proprietor of his own repair shop and,…

Historical Significance Blandford was established as a town in 1748 and became part of the city of Petersburg in 1784. Blandford Church (1735), is the oldest surviving building in Petersburg today. During the antebellum period, two clusters of free…

Historical Significance Birdville was annexed to Petersburg in 1816 and remained undeveloped into the 1870's, except for the City Almshouse and the cemeteries which have since been removed. By the early 1900's, it had become a predominantly black…