Chesterfield Historical Society
Chesterfield Museum and Historic 1892 Jail
No entry fee, donations welcome. A
replica of the first Chesterfield County
courthouse of 1749, the County Museum brick
design was selected in 1976 as the American
Bicentennial project for the county. It
opened on the Fourth of July, 1980. The
original courthouse bell dating from 1749
was placed on permanent display in the
County Museum in 2017. The Museum contains
The Story of Chesterfield County depicts
the history of the area between the
James and Appomattox Rivers from the era
of Pre-Contact through today.
The General Store is a reproduction of a
typical Chesterfield country store at
the turn of the 20th Century that served
as the hub of the county’s rural
community. The Rotating Exhibit
gallery displays temporary exhibits
featuring commemorations specific to
The HISTORIC 1892 JAIL
Tours of the Historic 1892 Jail start at
the County Museum.
Adjacent to the County Museum, the
Historic 1892 Jail is commonly referred
to as the “Old Jail.” A two-story
granite and brick building, it served as
the county prison until 1962. During the
1940s, the jail also served as Police
headquarters and housed the county
communications center. In 1982, it was
designated a museum and made available
to the Chesterfield Historical Society
of VA as its first head office location.
Upstairs, original iron-barred cells
still enclose metal bunks, primitive
ablution facilities and graffiti.
Downstairs, the space is used for
temporary exhibits. The front porch
features a stone step preserved from the
first Chesterfield County courthouse of
Monday-Friday 10-4 pm &
Saturdays 10 am-2pm.
on picture for a virtual
tour of the Chesterfield
Museum and Jail
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Rediscover Chesterfield’s History
In Chesterfield County, visitors can
experience over 400 years of history
spanning the pre-colonial era through the early
Visit our historic sites and take part in
our programs and events to learn some unique
firsts that happened here. https://www.chesterfield.gov/819/History
Chesterfield County's Unique Historical
as seen today, was built by Parke Poindexter
who served as clerk of the court from 1812
until 1847. Castlewood's five-part design
bears no likeness to any other recorded
dwelling in Virginia. The
historical home formerly
housed the offices and staff of the
Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia.
We are now in the historic
Trinity Church and we have our
and offices there. Our holdings focus
primarily on the history of Chesterfield
county and its families. The collection has
been carefully assembled through the years
by members and friends of the Society and
preserved for the use of this and future
generations. We invite the public to make
use of our library free
And while you
are here, check out the museum, the historic
1892 Jail and Magnolia Grange House Museum.
We have rotating exhibits on display.
We hope to have soon Historic Point of Rocks
as a favorite place to visit as well.
This site is currently closed to the public.