ca. 1822 Magnolia Grange
"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. The formal ground floor rooms exhibit intricately carved mantels, doorways and window frames. Upstairs, the rooms have been furnished according to the era of each of the families who lived in the home: Winfree (1822-1845), DuVal (1858-1876) and Perdue/Cogbill/Daffron (1880-1970).
Almost demolished to make room for a shopping mall, Magnolia Grange was preserved in 1984 when the county Board of Supervisors authorized its purchase for $180,000. The Chesterfield Historical Society pledged to raise $100,000 to furnish the home with appropriate antiques. Today, Magnolia Grange House Museum interprets life at a 19th century Virginia country estate with tours conducted by trained docents. Popular events and programs include lectures, elegant teas, community festivals and a traditional Holiday Day Open House in December.
Magnolia Grange Programs
All Magnolia Grange programs are FREE. Reservations required for all programs. Please call: Lorie Arnold 804-748-1498 or Bryan Truzzie 804-751-4946. Please note: To maintain the historical integrity of the site, Magnolia Grange is not handicapped accessible.
May 6: Cardinal Craft-Make a paper cardinal in honor of Virginia’s state bird. For grades 1-3. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.
May 13: Pineapple Project-Construct a craft representing the Colonial sign of welcome, the pineapple. For grades 1-3. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.
June 10: Flag Fun-In observance of June’s Flag Day, kids can create their own flags with this craft activity for grades 1-3. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.
June 24: Paper Slate Session-Create a “Colonial chalkboard” at this crafting event. For grades 1-3. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.
July 1: Starry Suncatchers-Children in grades 1-3 can mark the month during which America achieved its independence by making a special craft project. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.
July 15: Eagle Event-Construct a paper eagle in recognition of the Federalist-Era symbol of the then-newly formed government. For grades 1-3. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.
Aug. 12: Magnolia Grange Model-Make a map of Magnolia Grange at this crafting event. For grades 1-3. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.
Aug. 26: Paper Lantern Play-Children in grades 1-3 can create a paper lantern inspired by Chinese wedding lanterns that were often imported and displayed in Colonial homes. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.
May 15: Railroads of Hanover-For this lecture, Arthur Taylor of the Hanover Historical Society will speak on the history of railroads in Hanover County.
June 5: Polar Bear Expedition -At this presentation, Jack Bantle, retired professor and research administrator interested in military history, will shed light on an often forgotten conflict in American history, the United States engagement with Bolshevik troops in WWI.
July 17 Blockade Runners-Join us as author and retired U. S. Air Force officer Dr. Andrew English gives a talk regarding Civil War ships. Please call 748-1498 to register.
Aug. 7: Archaeology Anniversary-Join Archaeological Society of Virginia/Kittiewan Plantation staff for an artifact-centered program in recognition of the 81st anniversary of Archaeological Society of Virginia.