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Address: 326 Royal Oak Ave, Colonial Heights, VA 23834
Phone Number: +1 804-520-9395
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Home occupied by Robert E. Lee now houses a Civil War collection.

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Great historic site

Lots of history in this house (it was never actually a bank). Fabulous to stand in the same rooms as some of this country's most famous men. Tons of artifacts and very... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 April 2016
Emmac05
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Colonial Heights, Virginia
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Violet Bank is the location of General Robert E. Lee's Headquarters during the siege of Petersburg, VA. He was here longer than any other one place during the war. The museum has a lot to offer on a shoestring budget. It has one of the largest Civil War gun collections in Virginia.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

Lots of history in this house (it was never actually a bank). Fabulous to stand in the same rooms as some of this country's most famous men. Tons of artifacts and very knowledgeable tour guide. Tours last about an hour.

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South Chesterfield
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2015

Violet Bank served as General Robert E. Lee's Headquarter. You can fun many Historic displays, artifacts, and period furniture. It's a small building but used for many photo shoots. In fact we used it as a place to take pictures of or grandson at one of his first High School dances. The most remarkable site is the Cucumber Tree located... More 

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Chesterfield, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2015

Loved looking at the old and large tree outside of the building, but other than that, there was nothing to do or look at.

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Outer Banks, NC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2015

Being a history buff, I have been to hundreds of museums and historic sites; moreover, I have done volunteer work at several museums and historic sites on the Outer Banks of North Carolina--this visit tops them all hands-down! The guide who accompanied us in our tour of Violet Bank not only knew his stuff, but was a first-rate historian in... More 

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Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2015

The best thins about this museum is it's EXTREMELY informed staff. I had a relative that lived in this residence shortly before the Civil War - the staff was even able to tell me where he was buried - amazing. Small, but not to be missed if you travel any where near Colonial Heights, VA.

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Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2015

I currently live fairly close to this museum, and had wanted to visit for a while. The historic, beautiful tree outside this museum is the 2nd largest of it's kind in the world. This museum use to be a large farmhouse (most of it is gone now) and the area surrounding it was farmland. It was also the headquarters of... More 

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Colonial Heights, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2014

But it's only a dollar to get in, so I guess that's OK. They have some cool relics, guns, etc. The architecture inside is the best part. You need to ask them about the moldings, etc. when you giet inside. Also, the cucumber tree is very cool. Don't climb it! Someone would have to bail you outta the pokey, lol.

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Ferguson, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2014

This Violet Bank Museum, which should be called General Lee's Headquarters (during the siege of Petersburg) - guess that's too long - Is OUTSTANDING. Three things: amount & quality of artifacts, access to rooms Lee used daily, and especially the docent (tour guide) we had. I am just sorry I did not get his name, but he was amazing. He... More 

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Powhatan, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2013

Most people don't even know this is here. It was interesting however nothing that sparked that ahh moment from history.

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