Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia


MUSEUM OPEN : Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm; Sat 10am-2pmChesterfield Museum

The Chesterfield County Museum and the Historic 1892 Jail, closed since March 2020, have reopened to the public. Both museums are located on Mimms Loop on the Courthouse Green at the Chesterfield Government Center. All programs and are free but reservations are required. Space is limited.   For details or to reserve a seat for any program call Pat Roble, 768-7311. Register for all programs one week in advance.  


New Museum Exhibit:  The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia and Chesterfield Department of Parks and Recreation opened a new exhibit at the Chesterfield County Museum:  "Quilts from the Past: Memories and Traditions". The quilts, selected from Chesterfield Historical Society’s Collection, will be removed from storage and exhibited through December 31, 2021.  These treasures date from the 1850s to the1970s, and document women’s lives and their social, political, and family connections. Some are “planned” quilts that utilized purchased fabrics, and others are informal quilts, pieced together with leftover scraps of fabric that held special memories. Among those displayed will be quilts that were said to have been buried in a creek to hide the family’s silver during the Civil War, crazy quilts, an African-American patchwork quilt, and a “signature quilt” that raised funds in 1938 for the Chester branch of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. This quilt contains 340 embroidered names/initials from area residents. The public is encouraged to identify any of the names or initials that may belong to their ancestors.  County Museum hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, excluding holidays.  

All programs are free but reservations are required.  Space is limited.  Register for all programs at least one week in advance by calling 804-768-7311. 

Craft Workshops and Lectures

 Sept. 7, 10 a.m. - noon - Yarn Dolls :   Learn how to make an old-fashioned yarn doll.  All ages welcome.

Oct. 5, - 10 a.m. - noon - The Victorian Art of Paper Quillin:   Discover how to turn colorful paper strips into beautiful works of art during this beginner paper quilling workshop. 

Nov. 2, 10 a.m. - Quilting in Virginia:  This lecture will explore the history of quilting in Virginia, from early times to the present day.  Speaker will be Cathy Chase, owner of the Chester quilt shop, The Busy Bea LLC.

Dec. 7 - 10 a.m. - noon - The History and Art of Pressed Flowers:  Explore this Victorian art and learn how to press your own flowers and leaves.  Participants will create four pressed plant bookmarks with all materials provided.

Historical Lectures.  Saturdays, 11 a.m. 

 Where Have All the Monarch Butterflies Gone?   September 11 - THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED. 

The Campaign for Woman Suffrage in Virginia     Oct. 23 - Barbara Batson, Exhibitions Coordinator of the Library of Virginia will present this illustrated lecture recognizing the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment.   Hear the untold story of the remarkable women who, for ten years, argued, cajoled, and marched to win the right to vote.

Listen to the Voices  Nov. 13 - Learn some fascinating facts about First Baptist Church of Midlothian’s Historic Cemetery.  Presentation by Lauranette L. Lee, Ph.D., historian and adjunct professor at the University of Richmond.

The Everlasting Garden  Dec. 4Learn how to preserve plants by pressing, air drying, using silica gel, and drying in the microwave.  Participants will make a pressed plant picture with all materials provided

Click on Museum picture or the old jail (right) for a virtual tour of the Chesterfield Museum and Jail Road Map.    See what the old jail may have looked as the last inmate saw it! 


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