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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. 


Plant PressingNew at the Museum:  The History of Pressed Flowers.   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

Chester PostcardThe 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 forgotten!  




See Exhibits.

Thomas Dale Exhibit   Chesterfield Museum

Thmas Dale Exhibit in the Chesterfield Museum

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Historical Chesterfield County Fact 

  First English Settlement in Chesterfield

 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 foSir Thomas Dale photographr 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.


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