The Farmer's Bank was incorporated in 1812 and opened its Petersburg branch in 1817. The three-story Federal structure became a frequent gathering place for the Petersburg Community. The first floor of the building held the banking are with the original vault. Clerks cashed checks and made exchanges from the other side of the long counter. In the early nineteenth century, the executive officer of the bank and his family lived on the upper floors of the bank. The rooms were well-appointed with intricately decorated mantels and doorways. A family kitchen has been reconstructed on its original site. The bank continued to operate through the Civil War. In 1866 the General Assembly passed an act that affected all state banks and forced the Farmers' Bank to liquidate its assets. The Bank became a private residence and passed through many hands before being conveyed to Preservation Virginia in 1960.
Today it is one of the few bank museums in the United States and is operated by the City of Petersburg as the Petersburg Visitor’s Center.
The hours of operation for the Visitor Center are as follows: Monday through Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission Fee: $0
Last Updated: 8/1/2014 11:47 AM