Farmers' Bank (Petersburg, Virginia)

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Farmers' Bank
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Farmers' Bank in Petersburg
Farmers' Bank (Petersburg, Virginia) is located in Virginia
Farmers' Bank (Petersburg, Virginia)
Farmers' Bank (Petersburg, Virginia) is located in the US
Farmers' Bank (Petersburg, Virginia)
Location NW corner of Bollingbrook St. and Cockade Alley, Petersburg, Virginia
Coordinates 37°13′57″N 77°24′15″W / 37.23250°N 77.40417°W / 37.23250; -77.40417Coordinates: 37°13′57″N 77°24′15″W / 37.23250°N 77.40417°W / 37.23250; -77.40417
Area 9 acres (3.6 ha)
Built 1817
Architectural style Federal
NRHP Reference # 72001515 [1]
VLR # 123-0067
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 13, 1972
Designated VLR January 18, 1972[2]

Farmers' Bank is the first bank museum of its kind found in Virginia.[3] Farmers' Bank was incorporated in 1812 and the Petersburg, Virginia branch opened in 1817.


The three-story building, built in the Federal style, was a frequent meeting place for the community.[3] The first floor held the banking area, including the vault, while the third floor was home to the bank manager and his family.[4] The bank maintained operations through the American Civil War and closed by order of the Virginia General Assembly in 1866.[5]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.[1] It is located in the Petersburg Old Town Historic District.


The property served various functions throughout the next hundred years, until it was acquired by Preservation Virginia in the 1960s. Preservation Virginia undertook restoration of the building, and reopened it as a museum and visitors center.

The building now houses the Petersburg Visitors Center.[6] Visitors can see a printing press and scales for weighing gold.[3] The living quarters on the third floor has also been restored.[3]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Preserving Virginia 1889-1989: Centennial Pictorial. Virginia: The Art Band. 1989. p. 15. 
  4. ^ "Farmers' Bank". Preservation Virginia. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  5. ^ Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission Staff (January 1972). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Farmers' Bank" (PDF). Virginia Department of Historic Resources.  and Accompanying photo
  6. ^ "Friends of the historic Farmers Bank forms recently". The Progress-Index. October 6, 2013. Retrieved 10 October 2015. 

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