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Extensive research and publication of cemetery data has been an
on-going project of this committee for many years. Their
research is recorded and cataloged records are available for our
patron's research. Volunteers are always welcomed. The
Cemetery Committee needs volunteers willing to do research at the
Library of Virginia or the County Courthouse, during normal
business hours. Some computer skills are necessary.
Military History Committee's
is to research and interpret the military actions that took place in
Chesterfield County. The committee has been instrumental in the
preservation, interpretation and maintenance of Civil War sites in
Chesterfield County. The committee has helped secure grants to
purchase park land and has created all of the interpretive signs at
Chesterfield�s Civil War sites. The committee published the Bermuda
Hundred Campaign Driving Tour and is currently working on an
expanded version of that book. The study of the Civil War in
Chesterfield is an ongoing project for the committee. Future
projects include a study of Revolutionary War actions that took
place in Chesterfield County, research on the WWII prisoner of war
camp that was located here, and a photography exhibit that will
commemorate the 100th anniversary of the United States entry into
WWI. New members are always welcome to join.
Genealogy Committee: Responsible for promoting interest in genealogical research through
workshops and handling of genealogical research requests.
The goal of the Genealogy Committee is
to educate and assist family researchers who are searching for and
documenting their family history. The goal of
the Genealogy Committee is to educate and assist family researchers
who are searching for and documenting their family history.
Responsible for promoting the research and appreciation of all
aspects of African-American history in Chesterfield County. As
the preeminent organization of its type in Chesterfield County, the
committee researches and celebrates the history of
African-Americans. It is the committee's objective to collect and
preserve an extensive archive of the rich history of African
Americans in the County by documenting their important contributions
to education, community development, public service, the military
and other endeavors. The committee, with community help, continues
to work to raise the awareness of the County's rich African-American
history. The results of our research has been presented in
public exhibits at the Chesterfield County Museum and at local
libraries. Also, articles of interest are published in the
CHSV newsletter, the Messenger, and in the local newspapers.
Library of the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia
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Abstracted by Pattie Grady (PMG) and Terry Roach (T1 & T2). The
sources marked "PMG" & "T1" are for the years 1853--1865 and are complete.
Pattie did her work from the actual register at LVA and Terry did hers from
the microfilm at the local history room. T2 covers the years
1866--1896 and are abstracts only (names, years and ages).
The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia
Headquarters and research library has moved into the old historic Trinity
Church . See the
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Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.
Point of Rocks History
In 1864 Major
General Benjamin F. Butler began to construct his main defensive line here
shortly after landing 38,000 troops at Bermuda Hundred. (These earthworks
can still be seen along the edge of the park road.) This line of earthworks
stretched north over 3 miles to the James River. In the early days of the
Bermuda Hundred Campaign, Butler established his headquarters near here.
Union troops demolished Enon Church, which stood a short distance away, and
used the lumber to build a field hospital at the nearby Strachan house. A
Federal cemetery was also established near here. (After the war, the Union
dead were moved to the National Cemetery at City Point.) Click on
photographs for a larger view. Abraham Lincoln and Clara Barton were also
at this site.
John Strachan, Land Owner of Point of Rocks, c. 1865