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Chesterfield Museum

6813 Mimms Road, CHesterfield, VA 23832

The Chesterfield Museum, pictured below,  is a brick reproduction of the colonial courthouse of 1749. It sits on a tract of land that was known in the 18th Century as "Coldwater Run".   The County was basically a rural community and the Courthouse of 1749 was not only a social gathering spot, it was a political nexus.  Speeches, horse trading, games, drinking, and fistfights were standard events of each court day.  The old courthouse stood until 1917 when it was razed for a new "courthouse"  Preservationists could not save the building.  The courthouse-museum complex was a project conceived by The Bermuda Ruritan Club and later a total of ten other Ruitan Clubs were involved in the project.  Thanks to these Ruritans, the Museum was built in 1977 and officially dedicated on July 4, 1980.  We have rotating exhibits on display for your enjoyment


Country StoreThe General Store is a reproduction of a typical Chesterfield country store at the turn of the 20th century.  See a c. 1900 clothes washer, apple press, farm and household items, and other reminders of a simpler time!



The Changing Exhibits Gallery displays temporary exhibits on various topics relating to Chesterfield history.   The Museum is located at 6813 Mimms Loop, Chesterfield VA 23832. Next door to the County Museum is the 1892 Historic Jail.  Tours of the jail start at the museum.  For information about the historic old jail, please visit - Old Jail.  


 We are open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 a.m -2:00 p.m.  We are closed during Chesterfield County holidays except on Veterans Day in November.

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Historical Chesterfield County Fact 

  First English Settlement in Chesterfield

 Sir Thomas Dale photograph

1611 -- Citie of Henricus was established as the second permanent English settlement in the new world.  In May 1611, Sir Thomas Dale arrived in Virginia with instructions from the London Company to find a secure and healthy area to establish a new town and principal seat for the colony. By September 1611, Sir Thomas Dale had moved up the James River to establish Henricus, the colony's second settlement.  He was an experienced officer, having served as a captain in the Netnds, Dale was appointed High Marshall of the new colony.  Todherlands and had been knighted at Richmond (England) on June 19, 1606, as Sir Thomas Dale of Surrey.   Henricus Park is a major attraction in Chesterfield County,

The Story of Chesterfield County traces many changes that have transformed Chesterfield from a courageous settlement in 1611 to the bustling community it is today. Exhibits include Native American stone tools and arrowheads, and artifacts from the first ironworks and coal mines in America. Displays describe Native American life, the Colonial period, and the American Revolutionary and Civil wars.  Described are many "firsts" that Chesterfield claims, from coal mining to iron production to the first railroad in Virginia.  Chesterfield County is home to the second permanent English settlement in the New World, the 1611 Citie of Henricus. A ten minute video presentation provides an overview of our county's rich history. (Museum Photograph courtesy of Pat Roble, Museum Curator and Manager).

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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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