PLeasant View SChool OPen House
The Chesterfield Historical Society
of Virginia (CHSV) in cooperation with the Chesterfield County
Department of Parks and Recreation presents an open house at Historic
Pleasant View School on Saturday, May 6, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
of the CHSV African American History committee will share the history of
the school house and conduct tours. Tours are free and will be on-
going throughout the day. Parking is available on site at the school.
Pleasant View School is an early twentieth century African-American
one-room schoolhouse located at 18431 River Road in Chesterfield County.
It succeeds an earlier school house circa 1900. The Chesterfield
County School Board purchased two acres of land in 1924 that included a
house previously used as a public school site upon which to construct a
new school for Blacks.
Pleasant View School was built with
the financial support of the Black community and opened in 1930; it
closed in 1947. The Pleasant View Community Association maintained the
building and used it as a community center from 1947 until 1998.
In response to community concerns about the sale, the County
Supervisors re-purchased the property that same year. Now owned by the
County’s Department of Parks and Recreation, the school features
original desks and blackboard, church pews, a piano, and other items
from the past.
Call 804-751-4946 for more information
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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
Henricus Park is a
major attraction in Chesterfield County,
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