Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia

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Bermuda Hundred Campaign

Guided Civil War Tours

Civil War Guided Tours: Registration and payment required at least one week in advance. Wear comfortable walking shoes. To register , use the PayPal buttons shown below or for details contact Bryan Truzzie at 804-751-4946.  Tours are on Fridays,  10 a.m. – noon   $8 per person

Historic Point of Rocks Guided Tour

Visit Historic Point of Rocks and learn about the Union hospital established here where Clara Barton served. Walk the ground where President Lincoln visited in 1865. View federal fortifications and learn why this location played a major role in the Bermuda Hundred Campaign. Wear comfortable shoes. Tour meets in maintenance parking lot at Dodd Park.

R. Garland Dodd Park, 201 Enon Church Road

May 28

Historic Point of Rocks Guided Tour-R. Garland Dodd Park
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Battle of Drewry’s Bluff    NEW

On May 15, 1862, a Federal flotilla led by the ironclads USS Monitor and USS Galena attempted to force its way past the Confederate fort at Drewry’s Bluff. The Federals were turned back after a three hour battle and Richmond was never again seriously threatened by a water- based attack. Take a walking tour and discover why this site was called the Gibraltar of the Confederacy.

Drewry’s Bluff, 7600 Fort Darling Road

July 9

Battle of Drewry's Bluff Tour - 7600 Fort Darling Road
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Chesterfield County contains 11 parks sites associated with the Civil War. Each of these sites has its own  unique story to tell. Collectively, these “links in a chain” tell the larger story of one of the most important military campaigns of the war but seldom told.  Click for a list of all Civil War roadside markers in Chesterfield.

 

                

c. 1749 Courthouse Bell

c. 1749 Courthouse BellThe second oldest artifact in Chesterfield County, VA, the c. 1749 Courthouse Bell was removed from the cupola of the 1917 Courthouse in 2018 where it had been hanging for 100 years.  It was restored and placed in the Chesterfield Museum.  You can hear its last ring when enting the front door and activating a button.   The bell was rung for emergencis, court days, prisoner escapes and warnings.

Castlewood

CastlewoodCastlewood was the home of Parke Poindexter who was the Clerk of Court in Chesterfield County, VA.  His home, as seen in disrepair in 1935, has been used as a home, a bank, and Home of the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia and offices.  It has been renovated and restored back to its orginial view.  The unique archirecture relating to this house is not yet open to tours.

1917 Courthouse

1917 CourthouseThe result of the first dispute regarding a gvernment structure, the Board of Supervisors aggeed to tear down  the historic 1749 Courthouse and replace it with this colononial style building at the begiining of WWI. It is an actice court and is not available for tours.

Sheriff William C. Gill

William C. GillSheriff William C. Gill was the longest serving county sheriff, W.C. Gill, kept detail records and many of those were discarded not so long ago.  Sheriff William Chastain Gill  (1880-1925) reportedly kept a daily record (ledger books) of the events that took place in his jail.  According to the Chesterfield  County  Sheriff’s historian, the ledger books that Sheriff Gill  meticulously maintained were kept in the Sheriff’s office up to the time the County’s newest jail was being built.  These books may have been thrown in the dumpster by the workers tearing down the 1962 Jail

1749 Chesterfield Courthouse Complex

This site was the location of the training complex of the Revolutionary War,  It was selected to be the Training Depot by then Governor Thomas Jefferson.  It was burned slightly by British General Phillips who also burned the barracks bulit by Baron Von Steuben to support his recruits.