6813 Mimms Road, CHesterfield, VA 23832
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.
at the Museum: The History of Pressed
Learn about this Victorian art, and create four bookmarks from pressed
plants. Weds., March 22, 11a.m. – noon, Chesterfield
County MuseumThis free program is for seniors, 50+.
Registration is required at least one week in advance, at 804-768-7311.
New Postcard Exhibit
Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia and Chesterfield County
Department of Parks and Recreation, in partnership with Old Dominion
Postcard Club opened a new exhibit at the County Museum on Saturday,
March 4, at 10:00a.m. Chesterfield’s Picture Postcard Past will display
vintage postcards and provide a look back at 20th century Chesterfield. It
will show how much has changed in Chesterfield and how much is gone but not
Thmas Dale Exhibit in the Chesterfield Museum
Join the Chesterfield Historical Society
Historical Chesterfield County Fact
First English Settlement in Chesterfield
-- 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.
BySeptember 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 Netherlands and had been knighted
at Richmond (England) on June 19, 1606, as Sir Thomas Dale of Surrey.
With the help of friends, Dale was appointed High Marshall of the new
colony. Today, Henricus Park is a
major attraction in Chesterfield County, VA.
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.