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 on June 26.:  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.  

July 6.  Heirloom Herbs This lecture will begin at 11:00 a.m.  Explore the historical uses and folklore of garden herbs such as basil, rosemary, and sage.  Participants will make an herbal sachet to take home.

July 10 -  Apples to Appleseed: How Cider and John Chapman Shaped the Early Frontier : This lecture will begin at 11:00 a.m. and 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.

July 13.  Historic Trees of Chesterfield County: Silent Witnesses to Our Past This lecture will begin at 11:00 a.m. Listen to stories surrounding Chesterfield’s most notable trees.  Learn about the Nunnally oak tree that has been standing for two centuries at the old courthouse, the “cucumber” magnolia tree, planted in 1833 at Violet Bank, and other unusual and historic local trees. 

July 20. What’s in a Name?  The Origins of Plant Names: Hear the stories behind common plant names such as granny’s bonnet, forget-me-not, pansy, and Queen Anne’s lace.  Also learn a little about the history of scientific names, which help us make sense out of the sometimes confusing, but always interesting, world of plant names!  This lecture will begin at 11:00 a.m

July 27.  Heirloom Tomatoes: A Taste of the Past: Heirloom tomatoes are colorful, flavorful treasures produced from seeds that are passed down from generation to generation.  Explore the history of the tomato, and varieties such as Black Krim, Brandywine, Mortgage Lifter and Opalka.  Learn about saving seeds, starting plants from seed, and the best practices for growing your own mouth-watering heirloom tomatoes.  The lecture will begin at 11:00 a.m.  

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.  

September 11, 11 a.m.  Where Have All the Monarch Butterflies Gone?  This is a Chesterfield Master Gardener presentation concerning the preservation of our American monarch butterflies. Discover how easily you can help these beautiful, iconic, insects survive.

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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