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Magnolia Grange House Museum Programs

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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>

Aspiring Writer’s Seminar: 2 Sessions Calling all aspiring writers, young and old. Would you like to write a short story or a novel but don’t 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: $40 per person for both sessions.  Use the PayPal button below.
Saturday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m.-noon
Saturday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m.-noon

Friday, Oct. 20, 2023 6 p.m. $10  Paranormal Poe: Poe and Victorian Spiritualism Join Chris Semtner, curator of Richmond’s Poe Museum for an intriguing evening of discovery and discussion of Edgar Allen Poe’s connection with the Spiritualism movement of the 19th century and find out how he inadvertently influenced their beliefs.Use the PayPal button below.

Saturday, November 18, 12:00 p.m. – 19th Century Children’s Games- Step back into the past for some outside fun by exploring 19th century games and activities. Test your luck and skill at Battledore and Shuttlecock, Hoop and Stick, Graces and Jacob’s Ladder, for example. Children of all ages are welcome to participate.

Saturday, November 25, 12:00 p.m. - Parlor Games and Jigsaw Puzzles  - How did every day Victorian families spend their evening leisure time without radios, televisions and computers? They often used their imaginations and sense of humor to create their own fun. Participants will have an opportunity to time travel to the 19th century to play some old-fashioned parlor games and to design and create their own jigsaw puzzles.

Saturday, December 2, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. – Victorian Christmas Open House - Get an early start to the season and join us for fun, refreshments, crafts, music and of course, St. Nicholas too.  Learn how Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert brought the German tradition of Christmas trees to England and other holiday traditions from the Victorian era.

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023 1-3 p.m. $30 - Victorian Christmas Tea - .  Join us for our annual Christmas Tea event. Sweet and savory treats provided by the Baking and Pastry Arts students at the Career and Technical Center will be served with English tea. Christmas Victorian Tea is full

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

Aspiring Writer's 2-Part Session-Magnolia Grange $40 Per Person
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Paranormal Poe: Poe & Victorian Spiritualism
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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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