Friday, September 26, 2014

National Bank Museum

Milford, VA  High 72  Low 51

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This is one of the oldest bank buildings in the Nation. It served as the Union headquarters during the occupation of Fredericksburg and is one of the few buildings to survive the Civil War.

Check Writer

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Originally built in 1820, Farmer’s Bank operated in this building until after the war, when it went under because all of the Confederate notes it held were worthless.

Check Perforator

check perforater

President Lincoln addressed troops and citizens from the building's steps on May 22, 1858. I get chills knowing that I stood in the same place that Abraham Lincoln stood.

The original teller’s window from Planter’s National Bank.

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This is a small, free museum and Linda made a great comment. She said this museum really made her understand how banks were created. That is something I’ve never thought about either.  They are just always there and available.

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I also didn’t realize that ATM’s have been around since the 1970’s. Lots of fun information. But if you don’t hurry, you won’t see these exhibits. In November the building is being vacated and is for sale. At this time they do not know where these artifacts will end up.

11 comments:

  1. This would be a really cool place to visit. The only bank I know that won't gladly take your money.

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  2. Bits of history always amaze me too.

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  3. What a shame that it's closing. It looks interesting.

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  4. What? They are selling that museum? That's so sad. One thing we enjoy about the east coast is all the historical places to visit. It's too bad they won't keep this open for others to enjoy.

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  5. I have a little confederate money and wonder if it has any value.

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  6. I'm surprised that the Historical Society doesn't get involved to protect the building. New owners are liable to destroy a historic building.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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  7. I have a theory about the origin of banks I have not yet tried to prove. Pirates used to sail up rivers from the ocean and bury their treasures. In river banks?

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  8. Quaint and attractive bank building. The Teller's window is really nice!

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  9. What a shame the building will be sold...maybe someone who appreciates the history it has to offer will take very good care of it and the artifacts...we can always hope!

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  10. Well, I guess we won't make it to the bank.....It is a beautiful building filled with such nice history.

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  11. Interesting! Had no idea it existed. Thanks for the visit.

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