Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia
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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 organization 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.

Note:  County Closures:  The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia will be closed when Chesterfield County offices are closed.  County offices and sites will be closed on Monday, February 19, 2024 in observance of "Presidents Day".

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CHSV Research Resources
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 below will give you an overall view of the CHSV at historic Trinity Church.   A dedicated history volunteer will always welcome you at our research library!
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.

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.

Notice:  Please visit the Chesterfield Parks and Recreation registration site to register for Parks and Recreation programs and other Historical Society programs.  You can also access the P&R "Active Lifestyles" programs on this site.  (see links below)

Popular Events and Programs

жж Winter Lecture : The Chesterfield Historical Society will host the second Winter Lecture this Friday January 26th at Beulah Church, 6930 Hopkins Road N. Chesterfield, VA. The topic will be “Sudbury’s Farm May 23, 1781: The Illusive Battleground of the Revolution in Chesterfield”. John Pagano, Military Historian and Site Manager at Henricus Historical Park will be our speaker on this fascinating search for a lost battlefield.  The lecture starts at 7:00pm.  Lectures are free to Historical Society members and $5 for non-members.
ж ж Winter Quarterly Membership Meeting:  Our Winter Quarterly Membership meeting will take place a 2:00pm  on Sunday, Jatnuary 28th at the Henricus Historical Park Education Center at 251 Henricus Park Rd, Chester VA. The education center is on the ground floor of the 2 story building on the right as you enter the parking area. Our speaker will be Mark Wilcox, historian at the Richmond National Battlefield Park and the Maggie Walker Historic Site. His topic will be the 1780 Battle of Camden and the Revolution in the South. Mark has lead battlefield tours around Richmond and has presented programs on the Revolutionary War and Civil War in the city as well as Civil Rights history.  He is the author of the historic fiction work “Autumnfield” and recently co-authored “All That Can Be Expected”, a history of the 1780 Battle of Camden, South Carolina. Mark is also a living historian of the colonial era who has provided educational programs for many public historic sites in Virginia. He is a member of the Richmond Chapter of the Revolutionary War Roundtable and a contributing author for the Emerging Revolutionary War Era book series.

ж ж Wednesday, February 21, 1:00-3:00 p.m:  "George Washington’s Birthday Celebration Tea" -  Join us for an afternoon celebrating the birth of a famous son of Virginia,  also known as the father of our country, George Washington. Interesting facts about our first president will be shared. Culinary treats will be prepared by the Bakery and Pastry Arts students at the Career and Technical Center. Fee: $30.  This event will fill quickly.  To register, please use the Parks and Recreation History Programs link.

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.
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