Historic Sites Information
History of Chesterfield
Chesterfield County has 272 years of history to welcome visitors. Since 1749, Chesterfield has left lasting contributions to the history of the county. You may experience colonial history by visiting Eppington Plantation. Visit Magnolia Grange Museum and discover the charm of this early 19th century home. Explore the Chesterfield County Museum and 1892 Jail to discover the diverse history of Chesterfield’s past. Discover some of the “firsts” that the County has to offer from the first commercial coal mines at Midlothian Mines and the first iron furnace at Falling Creek Ironworks.
Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia, invites you to visit the Chesterfield County Museum, 1892 Historic Jail and Magnolia Grange located in the county government complex. The County Museum and Historic Jail open Wednesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Magnolia Grange open Thursday & Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Historic Trinity Church originally built in 1855 and later replaced by another chapel in 1887, presently serves as the administrative office of the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia and its archival library with genealogical records, maps and photograph collections. Its mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and promote Chesterfield County’s past for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations. Library is open to the public. Office and library hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For details on upcoming special events, visit Historic Trinity Church
The museum serves as a replica of the first colonial courthouse built in 1750. Museum exhibits include Powhatan Indian culture, artifacts from America’s first iron furnace and coal mines, historic Civil War relics and artifacts from early Chesterfield colonial life. Explore a reproduction of an early 20th century General Store. For details regarding Saturday monthly history programs call 804-768-7311. $2/person suggested donation.
This historic jail replaced several earlier jails that once stood on the Courthouse Green. It has been restored and is open for individual and group tours, which start at the County Museum next door. $1/person suggested donation.
This Federal-style plantation house built in 1822 was named after the circle of Magnolia trees that once graced its front lawn. The house museum is noted for its distinctive architecture. Three families lived in the house, each making important contributions to life in Chesterfield County. Today, the house is furnished with artifacts that interpret life at a country plantation during the 19th century.
Admission fees: Adults-$5/ Seniors-$4/Students ages 5-18- $3/children under age 5-free.