PUBLIC RESEARCH LIBRARY
Located at Historic Trinity Church
10111 Iron Bridge Rd Chesterfield, VA 23832
Monday - Friday: 10AM- 4PM
OUR LIBRARY COLLECTION INCLUDES
Founded in 1982, the Chesterfield Historical Society of VA research library
currently contains around 18,000 items, 90% of which have been donated by local residents.
Maps: We have a comprehensive collection of county maps, 1607-1991,
Civil War Maps, Mining and more.
Manuscripts: We have numerous original documents, including, Church minute books,
Family Bible records and letters, School record books and more.
Picture Collection: Over 1,000 old Chesterfield photographs
and negatives portraying life in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Rare Books: The collection includes out-of-print books and original manuscripts. These original records are available to the serious historian by prior appointment. Many have been photocopied for general use.
Cemetery Records An alphabetical file of over 12,000 known burials in Chesterfield County
recorded from Family graveyards, Church: cemeteries and other resources.
Vertical Files: An extensive alphabetical file of Newspaper clippings, Magazine clippings, Brochures, and Programs from various events. All are related to Chesterfield citizens, sites, and events.
collected by the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia.
Thank you for the opportunity to assist you in your research on a person, place, or event in Chesterfield County's rich history. As a birthplace of the second permanent English settlement and the first hospital, coalmines, ironworks, tobacco farming, and many other significant events, we have a history we are proud to share!
As the birthplace of the second permanent English settlement and the first hospital, a researcher will contact you. We are only able to conduct research on Chesterfield County issues and residents.
Please note that there is a minimum charge of $25.00 per research request. Copies and postage are extra. Upon evaluation of your request, you will be contacted to discuss the request and anticipated charge.
Public Speaking Requests
We can provide an engaging and educational program for your next social function. This is a wonderful opportunity for churches, civic organizations, garden clubs and older adults to learn more about Chesterfield County’s history. We can provide a staff person in period costume or offer a power point slide presentation. We offer a wide range of horticulture and history topics such as historic trees, medicinal herbs and plants, coal mining history, ghost stories, Civil War history and many other topics.
Cost: $35.00 for non-profits. $50.00 for private groups and groups outside Chesterfield County.
For a complete list of our programs click the link below or call Bryan Truzzie, 804-751-4946 or
The Executive Manager 804-796-7156
CHESTERFIELD VETERANS DATABASE
The library's Chesterfield Veterans Database is an on-going project which lists over 4,000 individuals from every conflict since 1611, from the Colonial period thru to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Use of the database form will help us to keep the database current.
HISTORY OF TRINITY CHURCH
The first church on this site in 1855 was called the Central Church. However, this circa 1855 Central Church only lasted a couple of decades. Central Church had been erected on land owned by the Reverend George Nolley and his wife. It was a large church that soon saw a loss of membership during the Civil War. The war had created a dwindling congregation because soldiers left and never returned. The church Reverend Nolly had built was too large even though it was the center for the churches in the area. It had a gallery for the African-American members who attended the church. But by 1871, this church was soon to be only memories to some and it was torn down. Around the local area the church became known as "Nolly's Folly". Evidently some thought it had been a joke to build such a large church. After it was demolished, the Methodist congregation's closest church was located at Zion Hill, five miles away, and a big distance to travel for some. It would be years before another church would be built in Chesterfield. By 1887, the Methodist congregation in the Chester and the Chesterfield localities determined that they had enough people to support another church and the decision was made to build Trinity. Historic Old Trinity church, built by Sam Ellison, a merchant and a florist, was actually built on the grounds of the previous Methodist Central Church and land owned by the Cogbills. On a bright day on September 8, 1887 with cool autumn breezes, the cornerstone was laid in the presence of a large gathering of people.