MAGNOLIA GRANGE MUSEUM HOUSE
IS NOW OPEN and TOURS ARE CURRENTLY
AVAILABLE, COME SEE US!
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.
Thurs & Fri- 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sat- 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
$5.00 for adults
$4.00 for seniors (60+)
$3.00 for students (6-18)
Children 5 & under are Free
All Magnolia Grange programs are free BUT reservations required, please call Lorie Arnold at 804-748-1498 or Bryan Truzzie at 751-4946. Please be aware that, to maintain the historical integrity of the site, Magnolia Grange is not handicapped accessible.
Magnolia Grange Programs
Unless otherwise noted in the program description, all Magnolia Grange programs are free but reservations are encouraged. Space is limited. Face masks required and social distancing guidelines are in place. To reserve a seat for these programs contact Lorie Arnold, 804-748-1498
Reservations are encouraged; call 804-748-1498.
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: Architecture Through the Ages-For this lecture, historic preservationist Shannon Brumfield will speak on architectural history. Please call 748-1498 to reserve a spot.
June Date TBA: An Overview of POWs in Vietnam-At this event, historical interpreter H. Lee Dixon will present a lecture to mark the anniversary of the ending of the Vietnam War, that occurred 46 years ago. Please call 748-1498 to register.
July 21: "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. Please call 748-1498 to reserve a spot.