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Colonial Heights, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Violet Bank

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, March 15, 2009
1. Violet Bank Marker
Inscription.  
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.
 
Erected 1970.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureArts, Letters, Music. A significant historical year for this entry is 1815.
 
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); Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Magnolia Acuminata
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By Bernard Fisher, March 15, 2009
2. Violet Bank Marker
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(within shouting distance of this marker); Headquarters of Gen. R.E. Lee (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lee's Headquarters (about 300 feet away); Lafayette At Petersburg (about 400 feet away); Lafayette's Headquarters (about 400 feet away); Colonial Heights War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colonial Heights.
 
Additional keywords. Lee's Headquarters
 
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By National Register Nomination
3. Violet Bank, Colonial Heights
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By Bradley Owen, October 6, 2013
4. Violet Bank
National Register of Historic Places plaque for the historic district image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, June 19, 2021
5. National Register of Historic Places plaque for the historic district
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 15, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,433 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 15, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.   3. submitted on September 11, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.   4. submitted on June 11, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia.   5. submitted on June 23, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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