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Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia Films
Discover the Chesterfield Historical of Virginia through Films
We cannot deny the fact that videos leave a longer impact on the minds of people. It is important to know our history.  We have a few films that hi-lite our Chesterfield County history and who we are as the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia.  View the films to get a sense of history at your doorsteps.
Newest Chesterfield Films
We meet at the Historic Trinity Church in Chesterfield, VA.  We research military history and historical sites within Chesterfield  County and develop educational and tourist information on military history pertaining to Chesterfield County.

1749 Charter Story of the original Chesterfield County, VA "Peace Commission"

Notice of Closures:  Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia offices will be closed  when Chesterfield County is observing holidays. See the schedule here.  Check back here for news on inclement weather notices.
Chesterfield County Facts

Chesterfield County was founded on May 25, 1749,   by the House of Burgesses. It was carved from Henrico County to eliminate lengthy travel by residents from the southern area to the Courthouse for business and court proceedings. The historic James River borders the county on the northeast and the Appomattox River forms the county's southern boundary.

Chesterfield County received its name from the Fourth Earl of   Chesterfield, England's famed Lord Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope.  Chesterfield was first settled in 1611 at the Citie of Henricus, when residents of Jamestown moved upstream to a "convenient, strong, healthie and sweete seate" for a new town after conditions at Jamestown were too harsh.

Full size copies of the 1888 LaPrade map are available to purchase in the Research Library.
The National Register of Historic   Places in the county's rich history includes many historic "firsts," such as:

         ♣  1611 -- Citie of Henricus was established as the second   permanent English settlement
         ♣ 1612 --   Tobacco was first cultivated in America at Bermuda Hundred
         ♣ 1614 -   -Bermuda Hundred was the first incorporated town in America
         ♣ 1619 --   Falling Creek was the first iron furnace in the New World  
         ♣ 1622 --   Mount Malady, near Dutch gap, was the site of the first American hospital
         ♣ 1709 --   Midlothian produced the first commercially mined coal in America
         ♣ 1807 --   Midlothian Turnpike was the first paved road in Virginia
         ♣ 1831 --   The Midlothian to Manchester Railroad was the first in Virginia
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