Chesterfield Historical Society
Pleasant View School
History of Pleasant View School House
Pleasant View School is an early
twentieth century African-American
schoolhouse located at 18430 River Road
in Chesterfield County. It
succeeds an earlier school house circa
1900. In 1924, the Chesterfield
County School Board purchased two acres
of land that included a house previously
used as a public school site upon which
to construct a new school for Blacks.
Pleasant View School was built with the
financial support of the African
and opened in 1930 and closed in 1947.
The Pleasant View Community Association
maintained the building and used it as a
community center from 1947 until 1998.
In response to community concerns about
the sale, the County Board of
Supervisors re-purchased the property
shortly after. Now owned by the County’s
Department of Parks and Recreation, the
school features desks, blackboards,
church pews, a piano, and other items
from the past.
Chesterfield Schools Sites
Chesterfield County has many modern
schools that reflect the needs of
today's students and families. In
the past, for many reasons some schools
did not warrant the attention of the
county government as much as it reflects
today and students suffered. But
they persevered. Schools like
Carver High School and Pleasant View
certainly did not garner the needs of
their students in years past. We
can thank their teachers for doing what
they could with limited resoiiurces.
Now we need to preserve the histories of
the historical schools and tell their
stories. The Chesterfield
Historical Society of Virginia has
an African American History Committee
that is dedicated to the preservation of
the county history and could use your
donations of school artifacts,
photographs, documents and other
historical items. You are alo invited to
join the committee to help in this task.
New members are always needed and can
provide much needed talent.
on picture for a virtual
Pleasant View School.
Rediscover Chesterfield’s History
In Chesterfield County, visitors can
experience over 400 years of history
spanning the pre-colonial era through the
early 20th century.
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.