Chesterfield County Museum and Historic Jail
6813 Mimms Loop Chesterfield, VA 23832
The COUNTY MUSEUM
No entry fee, donations welcome
A replica of the first Chesterfield County courthouse of 1749, the County Museum brick design was selected in 1976 as the American Bicentennial project for the county. It opened on the Fourth of July, 1980. The original courthouse bell dating from 1749 was placed on permanent display in the County Museum in 2017. The Museum contains three galleries:
The Story of Chesterfield County depicts the history of the area between the James and Appomattox Rivers from the era of Pre-Contact through today.
The General Store is a reproduction of a typical Chesterfield country store at the turn of the 20th Century that served as the hub of the county’s rural community.
The Rotating Exhibit gallery displays temporary exhibits featuring commemorations specific to Chesterfield County.
Replica of the 1749 Courthouse and Museum
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Native American Sewing Kit
The HISTORIC 1892 JAIL
Tours of the Historic 1892 Jail start at the County Museum.
Adjacent to the County Museum, the Historic 1892 Jail is commonly referred to as the “Old Jail.” A two-story granite and brick building, it served as the county prison until 1962. During the 1940s, the jail also served as Police headquarters and housed the county communications center. In 1982, it was designated a museum and made available to the Chesterfield Historical Society of VA as its first head office location.
Upstairs, original iron-barred cells still enclose metal bunks, primitive ablution facilities and graffiti. Downstairs, the space is used for temporary exhibits. The front porch features a stone step preserved from the first Chesterfield County courthouse of 1749.
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1892 Historic Jail
MUSEUM OPEN :Wednesdays 10am-4pm & Saturdays 10am-2pm
The Chesterfield County Museum and the Historic 1892 Jail, closed since March 2020, have reopened to the public. Both museums are located on Mimms Loop on the Courthouse Green at the Chesterfield Government Center. Unless otherwise noted, all the following programs are FREE but reservations are encouraged. Space is limited. For reservations, please call: Bryan Truzzie 804-751-4946. Face masks and social distancing are required.
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY MUSEUM PROGRAMS
All programs start at 11am.
Mar. 13 - The Campaign for Women Suffrage in Virginia
Learn the untold story of the remarkable women who, for ten years, argued, cajoled, and marched to win the right to vote. The talk compliments the Library of Virginia's current exhibition "We Demand: Women's Suffrage in Virginia."
March 27 – Through the Ages with Women of Chesterfield
A look at some accomplished women of Chesterfield County and their impact on the world around them. Speaker is Terry Wells, Chesterfield Historical Society Library Committee.
April 10 - Where Have All the Monarch Butterflies Gone?
A Chesterfield Master Gardener presentation concerning the preservation of our American monarch butterflies. Please join us to see how easily you can help these beautiful, iconic insects survive.