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Vision:  To be the premier resource for local history and provide quality programs, exhibits and information to residents of and visitors to Chesterfield County, and to support the educational goals of the public school system as well as home schooled students.   


Chartered on September 23, 1981, to meet a growing demand for genealogical and historical research, the Society traces its origins to a Museum Society, organized in 1961, responsible for the first  county museum, the Chesterfield Museum,  which opened in 1980.  The original CHSV office was located in the historic 1892 Old Jail, granted for use by the Society in May 1982. CHSV moved into the 1917 Chesterfield County Courthouse in 1990 where it operated a small research library and opened its first Museum Gift Shop. In 1998, the Society head office and research library were relocated to historic Castlewood (1817) on the corner of Iron Bridge  Road and Krause Road in Chesterfield. Restoration to this structure started in 2013. Currently, the CHSV office and library are housed in Historic Trinity Church (1887) located one block west on Iron Bridge Road.  In addition to its operations at Trinity Church, the Museum, the old 1892 Jail and Magnolia Grange, the Society also helps maintain the preservation of eight Civil War battlefields, an integral part of the 1864-65 Bermuda Hundred Campaign.


An all-volunteer Board of Directors provides leadership to members and interns who develop programs and conduct research on Chesterfield's historic structures, cemeteries, coal mines, archeological resources, Revolutionary and Civil War sites and collect and transcribe the histories of Chesterfield families.  Throughout the year, the Society presents at least 50 historic events and programs that attract more than 10,000 patrons including over 1,000 school children. 

CHSV  Activities:  The Society offers more than 60 events and programs each year which attract around 10,000 patrons including 1,000 school children.  Our Events Calendar includes an annual winter lecture series, genealogy workshops, rotating exhibits, tours of Civil War sites, paranormal investigations, elegant themed teas served with bone china and finger sandwiches, summer archeology camps for kids and Halloween lantern tours. Annual fundraisers include an Antiques Evaluation in the spring and a Golf Classic in the fall. In addition, the Society promotes county history through public speaking engagements, information tables at local festivals and programs for educational outreach, home schools and Scouts.  Join the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia,


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Historical Chesterfield County Fact 

  First English Settlement in Chesterfield

 Sir Thomas Dale photograph1611 -- Citie of Henricus was established as the second permanent English settlement in the new world.  In May 1611, Sir Thomas Dale arrived in Virginia with instructions from the London Company to find a secure and healthy area to establish a new town and principal seat for the colony. BySeptember 1611, Sir Thomas Dale had moved up the James River to establish Henricus, the colony's second settlement.  He was an experienced officer, having served as a captain in the Netherlands and had been knighted at Richmond (England) on June 19, 1606, as Sir Thomas Dale of Surrey.  With the help of friends, Dale was appointed High Marshall of the new colony.  Today, Henricus Park is a major attraction in Chesterfield County, VA.

The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia Headquarters and research library has moved into the old historic Trinity Church .  See the news media information.  Please contact us:  (804)796-7121.  Hours of Operation:  Monday-Friday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.

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The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia is a 501 (c) (3) organization. Your tax-deductible donation funds the continued projects, programs, exhibits, and collections of the Society. Donations helps us to keep our county history alive.  For more information, please call our office at 804-796-7121. Donations may be mailed to the Chesterfield Historical Society of VA, PO Box 40, Chesterfield, VA  238