Chesterfield County Museum and Historical Jail

Hours of Operation

Sunday & Monday - Closed, Tuesday- Friday 10AM- 4PM, Saturday 10AM- 2PM

Admission and events are free, donations are appreciated.

 

6813 Mimms Loop Chesterfield, VA 23832

Contact: 804-768-7311

MUSEUM PROGRAMS

Fall and Winter 2019 

For information on the museum, programs call Pat Roble 804-768-7311.

 

ON-GOING WWI EXHIBIT - FREE

“Chesterfield  Remembers World War I: A Centennial Commemoration"

A two-part display that tells the story of the WWI Soldier from Chesterfield County and the story of the Home Front.  The Chesterfield County Museum will display artifacts from WWl.  The exhibit will include wall murals and display cases to show the life and times of our soldiers.  The County Historic Jail will exhibit activities that Americans here in the USA homeland performed to help assist the soldiers overseas. 

THE EARLY HISTORY OF VIRGINIA STATE UNIVERSITY - FREE

October 26th, Saturday, 11 am.

Lucious Edwards, Jr., retired Virginia State University Archivist, will address how the University

was founded and grew in its first 20 years.  This event takes place at the Chesterfield County Museum,

6813 Mimms Loop.  For more details call Pat Roble, 768-7311.

THE CONTINENTAL TRAINING DEPOT AT CHESTERFIELD COURTHOUSE, 1780-1781 - FREE 

November 2nd, Saturday, 11 am.

In this presentation, written by local historian Bettie Woodson Weaver, learn about Chesterfield

Courthouse's training depot and how county citizens helped our nation win independence

from Great Britain.  This event takes place at the Chesterfield County Museum, 6813 Mimms Loop. 

For more details call Pat Roble, 768-7311. 

THE HISTORY AND ART OF PRESSED FLOWERS AND LEAVES - COST $10.00 PER PERSON

December 7th, Saturday, 11 am.

Explore the history of this Victorian art and learn how to press your own plants.  After the presentation,

participants will create four bookmarks and a picture from pressed flowers and leaves.  Registration required. 

 This event takes place at the Chesterfield County Museum, 6813 Mimms Loop.   

For more details call Pat Roble, 768-7311.

 

 

 

 

 

THE COUNTY MUSEUM

The Chesterfield Museum is a brick reproduction of the colonial courthouse of 1749. It sits on a tract of land that was known in the 18th Century as "Coldwater Run".   The County was a rural community and the Courthouse of 1749 was not only a social gathering spot, it was a political nexus.  Speeches, horse trading, games, drinking, and fistfights were standard events of each court day.  The old courthouse stood until 1917 when it was razed for a new "courthouse" Preservationists could not save the building.  The courthouse-museum complex was a project conceived by The Bermuda Ruritan Club and later a total of ten other Ruitan Clubs were involved in the project.  Thanks to these Ruritans, the Museum was built in 1977 and officially dedicated on July 4, 1980.

 

 

THE OLD 1892 JAIL

The 1892 jail, now commonly referred to as "the Old Jail", could hold up to 24 prisoners whose meals were prepared by the sheriff and his family.  The building was seldom used in the 20th century until 1936, when crime became an issue in the county.  Eventually the building became home for the Chesterfield County Police Department and, later, the Fire Department. It was designated a museum in 1982. The Old Jail is open for tours which begin at the County Museum next door. 

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Contact

(804) 796-7121

Address

P.O. Box 40

10111 Iron Bridge Rd, Chesterfield, VA 23832, USA

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