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Magnolia Grange House Museum Programs

Magnolia Grange House Musems
Please note: To maintain the historical integrity of the site, Magnolia Grange  is not handicapped accessible.  Programs are Free or unless otherwise stipulated. . Reservations required for all programs. For more details, please contact Martha Atkinson or telephone at 804-748-1498 or Email

Events and Programs

Magnolia Grange House Museum offers events, programs and tours that will satisfy  any age group.  Home Schools and Public Schools are encourage to  arrange a trip to the County Museum.  The last tour at Magnolia Grange  ends on  Tuesdays-Fridays at 3:00 PM and the last tour on Saturdays is  at 1:00 PM. For more details, please contact Martha Atkinson or telephone at 804-748-1498.  Select the picture above for a larger view of Magnolia Grange.   Unless otherwise noted, all Magnolia Grange programs are free, but reservations are required at least one week in advance. Our space is limited. <MORE>

Saturday, March 2, 12:00 pm., “Cemetery Iron Works” -  Have you ever noticed beautiful iron gates at an entrance or ornate iron fencing around a family plot in an old cemetery? There were 19th century companies that designed and manufactured ornamental iron work specifically for cemeteries. Join local expert Sergei Troubetskoy for an interesting power point program which will feature historic iron works from Hollywood and Blandford Cemeteries.
Saturday, March 16, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., “Aspiring Writer’s Seminar  Calling all aspiring writers, young and old. Would you like to write a short story or novel but do not know how to get started? Libby McNamee, award-winning author of “Susanna’s Midnight Ride: The Girl Who Won the Revolutionary War” and “Dolley Madison and the War of 1812” wants to inspire you to achieve your goal. She will walk you through the writing process, teach you how to research and create vivid characters, give you tips for dealing with roadblocks along the way and explain your publishing options. Fee: $25

Saturday, April 6, 12:00 p.m. “The Revolutionary War Battle of Blandford”  Public support for the war, about to enter its’ sixth year, was waning and militia troops were becoming mutinous over pay and living conditions. Join us for a power point program by local historian H. Edward “Chip” Mann for an in-depth look into the April 25, 1781 battle that took place in Petersburg, Va., and parts of Chesterfield County. Learn about what led to the confrontation and what resulted from the battle.
Saturday, April 20, 12:00 p.m., “Mourning is Women’s Work   Queen Victoria was so devastated after the death of her husband Prince Albert, she mourned him for the rest of her life which was 40 years. Throughout history, women have been tasked to be principal mourners. During the Victorian Era, many mourning rituals were established that seem a bit strange to us today. For example, locks of hair would be collected from the deceased and made into hair jewelry which would be worn by loved ones. Join Kathy Maitland, local historian, for this program. She will share examples of and the meaning behind the rituals of this interesting aspect of history.

Check back often with us for new programs to be offered at the Magnolia Grange House Museum.  

Scheduled Programs

For the calendar year 2024, Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation will introduce you to a new way of registering for their programs.   This link will pull up results for all available history programs on the Chesterfield County website. Please “Visit the Chesterfield Parks and Recreation registration site to register for Parks and Registration programs"   See the Link below - available to connect with all P&R programs.

Magnolia Grange House Museum History
Magnolia Grange House Museum History...
10020 Iron Bridge Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832

"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 Chesterfield 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.

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