MIssion:   to collect, preserve, interpret and promote the county‚Äôs  past  for the education and enjoyment of present and future generationS

Chesterfield Historical Society of VirginiaCHSV Hours


Chartered on September 23, 1981, to meet the growing demand for genealogical and historical research, the Society traces its origins to a Museum Society organized in 1961.  It was responsible for the first County Museum which opened in 1980.  We are a volunteer organization governed by approved by-laws and all volunteer Board of Directors that provides leadership to CHSV committees to develop educational and fundraising programs and conduct research.   The Society offers more than 60 events and programs each year which attracts around 10,000 patrons including 1,000 school children.  Our Events Calendar includes an annual winter lecture series, genealogy workshops, rotating exhibits, tours of Civil War sites, paranormal investigations, elegant themed teas served with bone china and finger sandwiches, summer camps for kids and much more.  Visit us at the Historic Trinity Church , 10111 Ironbridge Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832.

NOTICE of Expanded Hours of Operation: Beginning May 1, 2021, the Chesterfield County Museum, the historic 1892 Jail, and Magnolia Grange Museum House now operates on an expanded weekly schedule of Tuesday -Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-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. The historic facilities were closed in March of last year and recently reopened with limited hours. These expanded hours return the sites to a pre-COVID-19 operating schedule.


CHSV Research Library

Thank you for the opportunity to assist in your research on people, places, and events in Chesterfield County history. 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. Please note that there is a minimum charge of $25.00 per research request. Copies and postage are extra. Upon evaluation of your request, you will be contacted to discuss the request and anticipated charge. If your old Bible has Chesterfield connections, please consider making photocopies and contributing the family history to the Chesterfield Historical Society  of Virginia's Library. The need is great for researchers in the library.


Genealogy Library

The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia is pleased to offer assistance with focused, limited research requests.  There is no charge for patrons who come into our library to conduct their own research, other than a minimal copy charge.  Donations, of course, are always appreciated to our non-profit organization.  Our volunteers are willing to help you find your elusive ancestors.  Use to the link below to see more

We welcome specific research requests; please e-mail to admin@chesterfieldhistory.com.  Please note that copy and mailing charges will be added to any materials that need to be mailed via USPS.  We do not undertake extensive research; for a list of professional genealogists, please contact the Library of Virginia

"He who cares nothing about his ancestors will rarely achieve anything worthy of being remembered by his descendants."   (Unknown)


Chesterfield County Veterans Research

The CHSV has an active database of veterans from Chesterfield County who fought or served in all of the nited States  wars.  We know there are more that we do not have listed and our goal is to get them recorded.  Using our veterans form and sometimes a DD Form 214 (most veterans have one), the form can be completed really quickly.  It is online and if you download a copy, please mail it to the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia.  Our address ais located on most of the webpages.

We have files, books and documents relating to many Chesterfield veterans.  We just recently completed research on WWI vveterans and the Revolutionary War militiamen.  Our reserach library is available for family history research as well.  And, not to be left out, we have a Geneaolgy research library as well - all located at the historic Trinity ChurchPlease stop by and let us help you with your ancestor.