Historic 1887 Trinity Church
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
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.
information and photographs of the historic 1749 Courthouse can be found in
the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia Library at the
Historic Trinity Church located at 10101
Iron Bridge Rd, Chesterfield.
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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.