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Address: 19 Bollingbrook St, Petersburg, VA 23803
Phone Number: 804 733 2400
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Even if just stopping for a bathroom break on your way south on I-95, you'll get a quick super interesting tour of the oldest bank building in Virginia. There's a vault with an... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 16, 2015
Angela M
Fort Lee, Virginia
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

the big wood doors make it look closed. very helpful and friendly staff, though - if you are interested in history, STOP HERE first!

Thank sylvie b
Fort Lee, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015 via mobile

Even if just stopping for a bathroom break on your way south on I-95, you'll get a quick super interesting tour of the oldest bank building in Virginia. There's a vault with an original safe and real money from pre-war Virginia and Confederate bills. The visitor center folks will talk to you about banking back then and who the customers... More 

1 Thank Angela M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This place is deserving of a half-hour of your day. For one thing, it's the oldest standing building created as a bank in the state. The teller's station--and money printing press (yes, they all printed their own back in the day)--and the vault--all there for your examination and review. And who knew this: back in the day, banking was a... More 

3 Thank dstclair
Northern Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

A well-preserved 19th-century bank on the ground floor. This is also the visitors’ center and we found the staff (of one) to be very friendly and helpful, and also genuinely knowledgeable about Petersburg, not just the bank. Get a map for your self-guided walking / driving tour. Plenty of free parking. Two particularly interesting items: (1) the surviving copper plate... More 

4 Thank InformedTraveller
Springfield, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This is an amazing example of life in the early to mid 19th century. Perfect place for a Visitors Center, close to the original buildings =this is the real thing not a reproduction like other 'historic towns'. The staff here are very helpful. Would be nice if the upper section of building was open too.

Thank Anna S
Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Since the movie, "Lincoln" was released (much of which was filmed in historic Old Towne), we've been meaning to make the thirty minute drive from Richmond to Petersburg. We decided to start at the Farmer's Bank, which serves as the Visitor's Center. The staff embraced us with traditional Southern hospitality, graciously giving us an informative guided tour of the building... More 

3 Thank ExperiencedEpicurean
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

The representative here was very, very helpful Many movies are made in Petersburg including the recent 'Lincoln.' While we were there Tom Hanks was in town to produce a new film.

1 Thank susanne lenz l
Ottawa, ON
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

I see there hasn`t been a review in nearly a year. Just say the tourist office people who occupy the bank are just as helpful as mentioned previously. The brief tour of the bank that failed nearly 150 years ago (too heavily invested in Confederate debt instruments) was interesting and informative, and is perhaps a lesson to bankers today.

2 Thank ronw
Harlow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

This old bank building is fascinating in its own right. However it is also invaluable as part of a visit to Petersburg because it is the local visitor center. The lady we met there was incredibly helpful and following her advice we had an excellent visit to the city. She also showed us round the old building, the street right... More 

1 Thank Andy B
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149 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

What a neat place, it is preserved just as it was way back in the day. Gotta love the preservation of these historic buildings. They have old artifacts inside as well and encourage a tour. The young lady that was working there was very helpful.

2 Thank CatMom2013

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