Civil War Tours
Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia
Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia 2021 Event Calendar
Our Events Calendar includes (Go Here for museum programs)
Annual Winter Lecture Series, Genealogy Workshops, Rotating Exhibits, Tours of Civil War sites,
Paranormal Investigations, Elegant Themed Teas, Summer Camps for Scouts, Home-Schoolers and children age group 8-12
Annual fundraisers include
Ever-Popular Antiques Evaluation
Westchester Commons Summer Concert Series: Concert events are held from 5:30-8:30 on Thursday evenings in the Westchester Concert Field, on Main Street at Westchester Commons. (see Below Event). On the day of the Concert, you can help us raise funds for this event.
We sponsor the Annual Chesterfield County Veterans Day ceremony at the 1917 Courthouse and support the preservation of our historical sites and Civil War parks.
In addition, the Society promotes county history through public speaking engagements, information tables at local festivals and programs for educational outreach.
Notice: For CHSV Events : Requests for refunds will be honored in the full amount of the class or event less any costs incurred such as third party administrative fees (PayPal, etc.).
Current Planned Events
Winter Lecture Series
at Beulah United Methodist Church, 6930
Hopkins Road. At 7:00pm and are free to
members and $5 for non-members. “Spy
Pilot: Francis Gary Powers, the U-2
Incident and a Controversial Cold War
Legacy”. Gary Powers; Founder and
Chairman Emeritus of the Cold War Museum
at Vint Hill, Va. He founded the
museum in 1966 to honor Cold War
veterans, preserve Cold War history, and
to educate future generations for this
time period. Because of his
efforts to establish the museum, the
Junior Chamber of Commerce selected him
as one of the "Ten Outstanding Young
Americans" for 2002
Because of his efforts to establish the museum, the Junior Chamber of Commerce selected him as one of the "Ten Outstanding Young Americans" for 2002
Chesterfield County Historic Sites
Point of Rocks is a historic site on the Appomattox River is designated "Pont of Rocks Park". Abraham Lincoln walked with Union Generals discussing ways to win a war. Clara Barton served as the head nurse to many wounded and sick Union soldiers in the largest hospital in the world. The house was used for the surgeons quarters and is still standing and currently, the house is being stabilized. Evidence of Indians who lived on the river is just below the house. It is one of Chesterfield's most historic sites and not yet open to the public.
The "Magnolia Grange House Museum" is an elegant Federal period home built in 1822, named for the circle of magnolia trees that once graced its front lawns. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Magnolia Grange’s distinctive architectural features include elaborate ceiling motifs, a half-turn open carved stairway and hand-painted scenic wallpaper produced by Zuber, a French manufacturer.
Historic 1817 Castlewood was built ca. 1817-1819 by Parke Poindexter. Poindexter was the Clerk of the Court at Chesterfield County from 1812 until 1847, almost 35 years. The original landowner was Henry Winfree, who received the property as a land grant in 1754. County Clerk Mr. Poindexter purchased the 180-acre tract in 1816 and began his efforts to construct a new home. One of the three or four finest Federal period houses in the county, Castlewood features a formal five-part plan differing from any other recorded Virginia dwelling.
Help Save Chesterfield County's Rich History
"C. 1860 Summerseat" - According to tradition, this 19th century house was used by a county magistrate as the “seat” of his court during summer months due to the muddy and rutted roads which made travel to the courthouse in the center of the county almost impossible. The lower brick portion of the house was the “jail” or “detention center, complete with bars that held prisoners or those persons awaiting trial. It is not a large building at 18 by 16 feet. The house is part of Virginia State University.
C. 1879 Trinity Church - The old church sits in a stand of a few trees not quite visible from Krause Road but adjacent to Ironbridge Road where it is plainly noticeable. It offers an unobstructed view at that corner. Not so vacant any longer and no longer a huge storage shed for odds and ends, it serves a new purpose in its longevity of survival. It is alive with activity once again. Presently, the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia is utilizing the building as its headquarters and library until historic Castlewood is renovated. Historic Castlewood, ca. 1817-1819, sits nearby to the church just across Krause Road and was once the parsonage for the Methodist.
Summer Camps for Children