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Posted: 10/03/2017


HistoriCorps engages volunteers to save historic places across the United States. Join us for an adventure in the great outdoors: from settlers' log cabins in expansive wildernesses to architecturally-rich homes in deeply historic urban environments, we have a project that fits your interests and schedule.

Gain Hands-On Preservation Work Experience as a Volunteer!
Internship Opportunity
Petersburg, VA

Learn More: http://historicorps.org/events/rpc-house-va/ 

PROJECT PARTNERS: First Baptist Church of Petersburg, VA and The Cameron Foundation


A notable African-American history site, the six-room Roger Pryor Campbell house was constructed in 1860 and occupied by the Campbell family beginning in the early 20th century. Mr. Campbell was a successful African-American barber and property owner. Architecturally, the house is also the only example standing of Carpenter/Gothic revival architecture in Petersburg. It is also a contributing resource to the Poplar Lawn National Register Historic District.

In 2000, the adjacent First Baptist Church of Petersburg purchased the property and in recent years interest in the site has grown as an integral anchor to the neighborhood revitalization efforts underway in the Poplar Lawn Historic District. The church was organized in 1774, and the place of worship was constructed in 1870 in the Italinate style. The First Baptist Church is the oldest continually operating Black church in Virginia and is one of the first in the country. It was also home to the first high school for African-Americans in Petersburg, operating from 1870-1874, when Peabody Public Schools for Blacks was built. The congregation was quite active during the 20th century civil rights movement, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. himself visited and preached at the First Baptist a number of times.

HistoriCorps will rehabilitate the historic residence for office occupancy and historic interpretation.

WHO: All are welcome, no experience needed. Those under age 18 must have a parent or guardian accompany them. Children younger than 14 are not permitted on HistoriCorps projects with rare exceptions.

HistoriCorps Institute: Individuals interested in earning the Certificate of Achievement in Heritage Conservation and Construction through participating on this project for one or more sessions should contact Jamie Tobias, jtobias@historicorps.org.

PROJECT PARTNERS: First Baptist Church of Petersburg, VA and The Cameron Foundation

WHAT: Volunteers will work with field staff to learn these preservation techniques necessary to save the Roger Pryor Campbell house:

  • Repointing and reconstruction of brick piers
  • Sealing the roof to prevent water penetration
  • Removal and replacement of damaged or deteriorated woodwork
  • Removal of an historically incongruent later addition to the house
  • If time allows, volunteers will practice paint preparation and learn to restore and reglaze window sashes.



WHERE: This historic building is located at 223 Harrison Street, Petersburg, VA. Volunteers and students will be camping at Knox Spring Farm, 5.5 miles from the project site.

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How to apply
Volunteering with HistoriCorps is FREE! But you must register online at http://historicorps.org/events/rpc-house-va/ or by emailing lrice@historicorps.org. Field staff will train volunteers in the project work. All tools are provided. Please do not bring your own tools – we don’t want them to get lost! We will be camping at the Knox Spring Farms in Petersburg, a 15-minute/5 mile drive from the Roger Pryor Campbell house. Plan to arrive between 5pm and 7pm at Knox Spring Farms the first evening of your project session. Students and volunteers are responsible for bringing their own camping supplies including: tent, sleeping bag & pad, pillow, toiletries. RVs and other non-tent options will be permitted. As always, we aim to be light on the land at Knox Spring Farms. Showers will be available at the campsite. Students and volunteers are responsible for their transportation to and from the project and campsite. HistoriCorps will provide volunteers with meals including: breakfast, lunch, dinner, water and snacks. The work day will last from 8:00am – 5:00pm with breaks for lunch, snacks and water in between. Students and volunteers must come prepared with proper attire including: sturdy work shoes, long pants and a work shirt.
Liz Rice
Phone: 7202870100

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