Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia CHSV Seal

 

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.

Films and Documentaries:  We have a series of films and documentaries that tell the storrie of our volunteers, our history, or research capabilities and our goals and dedication to preserving Chesterfield County history.  You can also visit the Chesterfield County Museum, the historic 1892 Jail, and Magnolia Grange Museum House and historic Trinity Church.  The films/videos were made posible by the Chesterfield County Communications and Media personnel.  We are grateful to John Longnaker and Matthew Boyce were instrumentental in telling the CHSV story. The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia operates on an expanded weekly schedule of Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 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.   Historic Trinity is open Monday through Friday from 10 am until 4 pm.  Our volunteers are specail people who help to preserve Chesterfield County history.  You can be a part of this wonderful group of county citizens.  Join us today

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Listed below are Video films that give a pictorial documentation about the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virgina and the historical sites and its history within Chesterfield County, VA.

Chesterfield Historical Society Introduction Film

Magnolia Grange

Castlewood

1892 Historic Jail

Pleasant View Marker Dedication

 

CHSV African American History Commitee

Midlothian Elementary School Historical Road Marker

 Midlothian MInes

Dodd Park at Point of Rocks

CHSV Research Library

Chesterfield Museum

The Nunnally Tree

May 2022 Memorial Service

Eppington

 


Chesterfield County Historic Sites

Strachan HousePoint 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.

 

Magnolia Grange House MuseumThe "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.


CastlewoodHistoric 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

Summerseat c. 1860"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.

 

Historic Trinity Church

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.

 

 

Genealogy

        Genealogy Research

Archealogical Programs

Summer Camps for Children