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The first church on this site in 1855 was called the Central Church.  However, this circa 1855 Central Church only lasted a couple of decades. Central Church had been erected on land owned by the Reverend George Nolley and his wife.  It was a large church that soon saw a loss of membership during the Civil War.  The war had created a dwindling congregation because soldiers left and never returned.  The church Reverend Nolly had built was too large even though it was the center for the churches in the area.  It had a gallery for the African-American members who attended the church.  But by 1871, this church was soon to be only memories to some and it was torn down.  Around the local area the church became known as "Nolly's Folly".  Evidently some thought it had been a joke to build such a large church.  After it was demolished, the Methodist congrgation's closest church was located at Zion Hill, five miles away, and a big distance to travel for some.   It would be years before another church would be built in Chesterfield.     

By 1887, the Methodist congregation in the Chester and the Chesterfield localities determined that they had enough people to support another church and the decision was made to build Trinity.  Historic Old Trinity church, built by Sam Ellison, a merchant and a florist, was actually built on the grounds of the previous Methodist Central Church and land owned by the Cogbills.  On a bright day on September 8, 1887 with cool autumn breezes, the cornerstone was laid in the presence of a large gathering of people.



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Historic Trinity Church.  We opened for business on Monday, July 1, 2013.  Please stop by and take a look at our new home and enjoy the research library.  Our historic structure models are also on display and our courteous staff and team of volunteers are their to assist you.  Old Trinity Church is located at 10111 Ironbridge Rd, Chesterfield, VA 23832.


All the activities we did at Castlewood, we can now do at the Historic Trinity Church.  We are located at the corner of Ironbridge and Krause Roads just across from the Burger King restaurant.  On Krause Road, turn in at the entrance to the Chesterfield School Board and travel all the way to the end of the road.   Parking is available in the rear of the church.  Enter through the front entrance.  We hope to see you soon.  For a larger view, click on the large photo..


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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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