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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.


Cornelius MimmsCornelius Mimms: A Legend and Legacy.  Presented by the African American History Committee of the Chesterfield Historical Society.  The exhibit unveils the legend and legacy of Cornelius Mimms, the first African American who served on Chesterfield County‚Äôs Board of Supervisors. He served several terms during his early career as Supervisor of Roads and also Supervisor of the Poor.  Attorney Mimms served as Dean of the Richmond Bar and practiced before the courts during a long and honorable career.  See the flyer


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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 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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