Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia
Chartered on September 23,1981 to meet the growing demand for genealogical and historical research, the Society traces its origins to a Museum Society organised in 1961. It was responsible for the first County Museum which opened in 1980. We are a charitable volunteer organisation governed by approved by-laws and an all volunteer Board of Directors that provides leadership to CHSV committees to develop educational and fundraising programs and conduct research. As the county grows, so does its history and you will find our website covers the county history very well. Visit us on Facebook or at the Historic Trinity Church ,10111 Iron Bridge Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832. To access the menu, please use the "Hamburger" symbol above.
NOTICE: The Chesterfield County Museum, the historic 1892 Jail, and Magnolia Grange Museum House operate on a weekly schedule from Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The museum and jail are located on Mimms Loop in the Courthouse Green at the Chesterfield Government Center. Magnolia Grange Museum House is located at 10020 Iron Bridge Road. We are all about Chesterfield history. Read about us. Our county history is fascinating. Give it a try and discover your family roots. While visiting with us, we would love to have you as a member.
County Closures: The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia will be closed when Chesterfield County offices are closed. See the schedule
As the birthplace of the second permanent English settlement in the New World with the first hospital, coal mines, ironworks, tobacco farming, and many other significant events, we have a history we are proud to share! We are only able to conduct research on Chesterfield County history and residents. If your old Bible has Chesterfield connections, please consider making photocopies and contributing your family history to the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia's Library. Thank you for the opportunity to assist in your research on people, places, and events in Chesterfield County history.
Please note that there is a minimum charge of $25.00 per research request. For genealogy requests, visit our "Genealogy" section for more detail. Copies and postage are extra. Upon evaluation of your request, you will be contacted to discuss the request and anticipated charge.
Selecting the photographs will give you an overall view of the CHSV at historic Trinity Church.
Our Volunteer Activities and Sites
Visit our Research and Genealogy Libraries and discover your Chesterfield ancestors and their rich history. Our volunteers are there to assist you if needed. We provide PowerPoint Presentations to Civic Groups, Fraternal Organisations, Schools and other groups when requested.
Please join us as a volunteer and as a member of the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia. The photographs below are some of the activities we engage in from research to events like the annual Veteran's Day program and many more. The need is great for researchers/volunteers.
Unveiling Ceremony for Cornelius Mimms Exhibit at the County Museum hosted a permanent exhibit honoring Mimms. Details
Popular Events and Programs
The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia is a 501c (3) Charitable Organization.
Mission: To collect, preserve, interpret and promote the county’s past for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations.