Colonial Heights, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The present building was built around 1815 as it is the domestic architecture of the federal period. There are two theories concerning the origin of the name "Violet Bank".
(1) Because of the thousands of violets that covered the hillside.
(2) An allusion to the quotation from "Midsummer's Night Dream – 'the bank where the violets grow'".
Thomas Shore, the owner, was a reader of Shakespeare and had a multi-volume set of the poet’s works in his library.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Arts, Letters, Music.
Location. 37° 14.502′ N, 77° 24.327′ W. Marker is in Colonial Heights, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Virginia Avenue and Arlington Avenue, on the left when traveling south on Virginia Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 303 Virginia Avenue, Colonial Heights VA 23834, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lee at Violet Bank (a few steps from this marker); Magnolia Acuminata (within shouting distance Lee's Headquarters (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lafayette At Petersburg (about 400 feet away); Colonial Heights War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pocahontas (approx. 0.4 miles away); Charles Stewart (approx. 0.4 miles away); Pocahontas Island (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colonial Heights.
Additional keywords. Lee's Headquarters
Credits. This page was last revised on February 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 15, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,395 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 15, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 3. submitted on September 11, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.