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River Trail System runs along the Appomattox River through the city. The park features restrooms, picnic tables and benches, a gazebo, fishing areas, 10,000 feet of hard-surfaced trail, a small boat launch at Roslyn Landing Park, a canoe launch area and spur trails and linkages to various points of interest, including adjacent developments. For more information, visit www. colonialheightstrails.org. Violet Bank On July 30, 1864 Confederate General Robert E. Lee was at his headquarters at Violet Bank Farm on the north shore of the Appomattox River overlooking Petersburg. There, he received word that Union troops had detonated over 8,000 pounds of gunpowder be-
neath 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.
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