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    NOTE:  The Gift Shop formerly located at the Magnolia Grange Home Museum has been closed.  Some items are still available for sale at the historic Trinity Church.

    Calendars:  The CHSV has an 18 Month Calendar for sale in the Library.  contains photograpghs from the CHSV Photograph Collection.  Cost is $10.  Makes a nice gift.

    Need a good book on Chesterfield County history? Or an elegant print of one or more of the County’s historic sites? Various books, prints and photographs as well as some other items of historic interest are available in our Research Library in Historic Trinity Church, 10111 Iron Bridge Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832. Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-4pm. For more information, call: 804-796-7152.

    Available Books for Sale

    A new book, titled, “Murder in Midlothian: The True and Complete Account of the Murder of Anthony T. Robiou on July 16, 1851” by local author Brandon Fullam is now available from the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia.  According to the author, “The murder of Anthony T. Robiou and the trial that followed were sensational events that captured the attention of Chesterfield residents, as well as those of neighboring counties, in the mid-19th Century.”  Mr. Fullam adds, “For nearly two years, from July 1851 to June 1853, the murder and subsequent trial were the talk of the town and received extensive front page newspaper coverage. Yet the true and factual story of these events has been lost over time.”  The purpose of Mr. Fullam’s new book is to “For the first time, to tell the complete and accurate story of the events surrounding the murder, the activities of all the people involved, and a close account of the subsequent trial including testimony given by key witnesses.”

    “Murder in Midlothian,” priced at $15, is available from the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia, located in historic Trinity Church, 10111 Iron Bridge Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832, or by using the PayPal button below.

    Murder in Midlothian Book

    GRant's Left Hook (Book)New Bermuda Hundred Campaign Book for sale at the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia.  Robert E. Lee feared the day the Union army would return up the James River and invest the Confederate capital of Richmond. In the spring of 1864, Ulysses Grant, looking for a way to weaken Lee, was about to exploit the Confederate commander’s greatest fear and weakness.  A must have book thais historically correct.  Available in the CHSV Research Library.  Go here for more details.  Cost of the book is $15 includes tax.  Mailing is an additional $3.00 per book.

  • New Bermuda Hundred Campaign Book: Grant's Left Hook for Sale
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    Two Centennials – A Commemorative History of the 1917 Courthouse and World War I in Chesterfield County, VA, 1917/1918-2017/2018.  Cost:  $5.00Book Coolage

    Chesterfield County  "Early Architecture and Historic Sites"   Includes detailed research notes and photos of historic structures and locations in Chesterfield County, VA. Cost: . $15.00

    Chesterfield County  Chronicles- From the Courthouse Green to the creeks of Midlothian, local historian Diane Dallmeyer explores this fascinating history with a series of vignettes and articles that first appeared in the Chesterfield Observer :Cost:  $20.00

    A Time to Remember. A visual documentary of Chesterfield County history, all photographs from the Chesterfield Historical Society of VA Picture Collection.  Cost:  $10.00

    Chesterfield - An Old Virginia County , Volumes 1 and II- The story of Chesterfield County, VA.  Cost:  $15.00 per set

    The Bermuda Hundred Campaign - A self  Guiding Tour Guide book.  Discusses the the only Civil War Campaign fought entirely in one County.  Contains battle maps.  :Cost:  $10.00

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    Beautiful Prints of Chesterfield County Historic Sites suitable for framing. Size:  20" x16" . Cost:  $15 Each. Historic Sites Prints

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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.

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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.




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