Violet Bank Museum
Beginning Tuesday February 16, 2021 Violet Bank Museum will be under construction with a rehabilitation project. We expect this work to be completed by June 2021. The Museum will be open with the operating hours listed until completion of the project.
Violet Bank served as General Robert E. Lee's Headquarters from June 8, 1864 to November 1, 1864. Numerous Historic displays, artifacts, and period furniture are on display.
The Cucumber Tree is located on the property of Violet Bank Museum. This tree, one of the largest in the world, is truly rare east of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The present building replaces the first house constructed by Thomas Shore, destroyed by fire in 1810, and rebuilt by his widow, Jane Grey and her second husband, Henry Haxall. It is a superb document of Federal design and American Interior Decorative Arts. Violet Bank is on the National Register of Historic Landmark. With an interpretive period spanning over half a century, from 1815 to 1873, the Museum maintains a wide array of artifacts: guns, furniture, glass & ceramics, textiles, accoutrements, books, swords, and other items.
Owned and operated by the City of Colonial Heights, The Violet Bank Museum boasts some of the most sophisticated and beautiful Adam-style ceiling moldings in the country, as well as original woodwork, doors, fireplaces and floors.
The museum is open to the public all year and group tours are welcome.