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. Participants must follow social distancing guidelines, face masks are required and enhanced cleaning standards in place. For details or to reserve a seat for any program call Pat Roble, 768-7311. Register for all programs one week in advance.   Saturdays, 11 a.m


June 12 - America’s Doughboys and the National Pastime in the Great War: This presentation by Alexander Barnes, Command Historian with the Virginia National Guard, recounts the story of how baseball played an important role in entertaining the troops during WWI.  Playing wherever they could find enough room to throw a ball, the Doughboys brought the game with them into the front lines and then into the occupation of Germany. Sharing their military service, in combat and on the baseball diamond, were a number of famous professional ball players, managers, lawyers, politicians, and even an umpire.

July 10 - Apples to Appleseed: How Cider and John Chapman Shaped the Early Frontier : This lecture will explore a brief history of the apple and apple cider, and dive into the history behind Johnny Appleseed. Attendees will learn about the origins of the apple, its unique contribution to English North American culture and development, and how Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman) sprouted from his roots in a modest New England family to grow into to one of the greatest legends our country has ever known.

August 7 - Toys and Games of the Past:  Drop in anytime between 11a.m. and 1p.m.  All ages are invited to have fun and learn about traditional children’s playthings such as Jacob’s ladder, knucklebones and quoits.  Test your skill with the cup and ball, attempt to knock over all nine pins in a game of “skittles”. Make a whirligig toy to take home. This fun-filled family event will also present the history behind some toys and games of long ago.  

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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