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burg. There, he received word that Union troops had detonated over 8,000 pounds of gunpowder beneath Confederate defensive lines in what became known as the Battle of the Crater. Today, the home is a superb example of Federal design and American interior decorative arts. The museum interprets the period from 1815 to 1873 and displays a wide array of Civil War era artifacts: guns, furniture, glass, ceramics, textiles, accoutrements, books, swords and others. It boasts some of the most sophisticated and beautiful Adam-style ceiling moldings in the country. Admission is free, donations are accepted. Allow 30 to 45 minutes to visit. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. Closed Monday. Violet Bank Museum is located at 303 Virginia Ave., Colonial Heights. For more information, call (804) 520-9395.

White Bank Park The 22-acre park overlooking Swift Creek features a disc golf course, grills, boat ramp, drinking fountain, fishing pier, horseshoe pits, a playground, restrooms and a volleyball court. The park has two rentable pavilions that can accommodate up to 200 people each. There are also eight individual picnic shelters and several multi-purpose play areas. White Bank Park is located at 400 White Bank Road, Colonial Heights. For more information, call (804) 520-9392. Hours 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (April 1 - October 31) and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (November 1 - March 31). Fort Clifton Fort Clifton was a Confederate stronghold on the Appomattox River, serving as an important link in the line that defended Richmond and Petersburg in 1864 and 1865. Located on a high bluff at the junction of the Appomattox River and Swift Creek, the fort

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