DescriptionHopewell is an outgrowth of old City Point, which was founded in 1613 by Sir Thomas Dale. In 1622 the town was wiped out by a Native American attack, and not until the Civil War did the community revive. Its strategic location on the bluffs overlooking the confluence of the James and Appomattox rivers and its deep-water access made City Point an ideal setting for a large Union supply base, which Gen. Ulysses S. Grant transformed into a vast base of operations for his siege of Petersburg. From June 1864 to April 1865, the busy seaport supplied some 100,000 soldiers and served as the nerve center of the Union war effort.
At the close of the Civil War, City Point continued on as a military reservation with the last troops leaving in November 1867. The modern successor to City Point emerged with the building of a dynamite factory by E.I. du Pont on the site of Hopewell Farms in 1912. World War I sparked a boom with the factory manufacturing gun cotton, but that evaporated by 1918, with Hopewell again becoming a quiet village. Diversified industry once more has brought prosperity to this seaport.
Things to SeeCity Point Early History Museum at St. Dennis Chapel