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Chesterfield Museum is a small museum with high quality exhibits.  It is located between the Chesterield County Extension Service building and the Chesterfield County Administration building on Mimms Loop in Chesterfield, VA. (see map) Exhibits are primarily "Chesterfield County" by nature.  It covers the county's rich history and is staffed by friendly museum workers.  Adjacent to the museum is the 1892 historic jail.  It too houses exhibits that pertain to Chesterfield County.  Please visit your museum often as there will always be rotating exhibits.

Police  BadgeThe Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia opened a new exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Chesterfield County Police Department at the Historic 1892 Jail, located at 6819 Mimms Loop in Chesterfield.  The exhibit is titled, "The Chesterfield County Police Department: Celebrating 100 Years." This centennial exhibit features photographs, uniforms and police equipment from the past century.  The County Museum and Jail complex is open Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., and Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. A suggested donation of $1.00 per visitor is requested to tour the new exhibit. Tours are also offered at the Museum, next door at 6813 Mimms Loop. Suggested admission to the Museum is $2.00.


New at the MuseumThe Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia will present a living history event at the County Museum on Saturday, April 15.  Drop in anytime between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to step back in time and learn about medicine of past centuries. NonJonathan O'Neila Wartella will explain the role of the 18th and 19th century midwife in assisting childbirth.  Dr. Jonathan O’Neal will interpret period medicine in the South during the American Civil War, from treatment of wounds to hospitalization.  Learn about WWII South Pacific Navy medicine with Keith Southall.  While the event is free, donations are welcome.  Tours of the 1892 Jail will be available during the event. 



Rosemary SachetNew at the MuseumThe Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia and Chesterfield Department of Parks and Recreation will present a lecture at the County Museum on Wednesday, April 26 at 11:00a.m.:  Heirloom Herbs.  Explore the historical uses and folklore of garden herbs such as basil, rosemary, and sage.  Participants will make fragrant herbal sachets to take home. Tours of the museum’s nearby Herb Demonstration Garden will be available after the program, weather permitting.  Space is limited for this free Active Lifestyles program for seniors age 50+.   Register in advance by calling 804-768-7311. 




New Postcard Exhibit

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The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia and Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation, in partnership with Old Dominion Postcard Club opened a new exhibit at the County Museum on March 4. Chesterfield’s Picture Postcard Past displays vintage postcards and provide a look back at 20th century Chesterfield.  It will show how much has changed in Chesterfield and how much is gone but not forgotten!  The exhibit will continue through August 31.




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NewThe Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia (CHSV) continues to promote its Black History exhibit on "Chesterfield County African-American Schools during the Segregated Era" with digitization completed by Chesterfield County Public Library staff. The exhibit that was featured at the Chesterfield County Museum from February 2014 through July 2014 can be viewed on the Chesterfield County Central Library website at


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Events and Museum Exhibits

 1892 Old JailThe 1892 Historic Jail is opened for tours.  The adjacent Museum houses exhibits pertaining to the history of Chesterfield County.  Rotating exhibits are themed along historical events that affected county residents.  Take a tour of the Museum.  Admission is free and $2 donations are accepted. 



The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia manages several historic sites.  View a map of the Historic Sites Complex and the Courthouse Green brochure


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The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia Headquarters and research library has moved into the old historic Trinity Church .  See the news media information.  Please contact us:  (804)796-7121.  Hours of Operation:  Monday-Friday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.


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