‘Unsung women of the civil rights movement’ coming Oct. 26
The Friends of Chesterfield County Public Library will host a fundraising event, featuring an interactive panel discussion called “The Role of Women in the Civil Rights Movement: The Chesterfield and Petersburg Experience.” The program – which will include Theresa Ann Walker, civil rights activist and widow of the Rev.... Read more
Carver High gets historical marker
Joyce Brown, daughter of William A. Brown, the one and only principal at Carver High School, speaks at an unveiling of a historical marker outside Carver College and Career Academy on Friday, Sept. 20. Carver High school opened in 1948 for Chesterfield County’s black students and closed in 1970... Read more
1611 Militia marches back in time
It started when he wore a T-shirt that said, “I still play with drums.” That led Willie “Wild Bill” Melton to begin playing as a percussionist for the 1611 Militia volunteers of the Citie of Henricus. The co-founder of the group, Dennis Strawderman, 68, asked Melton to play. That... Read more
History buffs will be able to visit 19 Richmond-area historic sites for free on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21-22. Each site will offer complimentary admission to visitors who show a Time Travelers Passport, which is available by download from the participating locations’ websites. Participating locations include: Agecroft Hall and... Read more
Historical society meets at historic bank
By Carelyn Sheppard The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia held its annual meeting Sunday, July 28, at the historic Violet Bank in Colonial Heights. The meeting was followed by a tour of the historical property Violet Bank, which was part of the 144 acres purchased by Thomas Shore in... Read more
75th anniversary for Chester power station
Chesterfield Power Station was built 75 years ago to support the home front during World War II. Company officials and others celebrated the station’s 75th anniversary on July 31. Nearly 200 full-time personnel work at the station. Read more
Daughters help with List of Tithables restoration project
The Chesterfield Courthouse chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently helped with the preservation of the 1747 Chesterfield Lists of Tithables, the oldest list of tithables for an area that became Chesterfield County. The noun “tithable” applied to a person on whom the... Read more
Augustus H. Drewry and the Battle of Drewry’s Bluff
By George “Buddy” Cranford Many years have passed since a combined naval/land battle raged in Chesterfield County. Back in the mid-1800s, what is today known as Drewry’s Bluff was just a high hill on the James River, a small portion of land owned by a Chesterfield farmer. Augustus H.... Read more
Walker to be honored at Falling Creek Ironworks Park: Event will include tours and period demonstrations
Falling Creek Ironworks Park likely would not exist if not for Bryan Walker, and the recently deceased 87-year-old will be honored at a May 4 ceremony at the park. Lyle Browning — who serves as a volunteer archeologist for the nonprofit Falling Creek Ironworks Foundation — said he first... Read more
Revolutionary revelation: Chester man finds connection to the past
Some genealogical research has given Daryle Hurt a little pride in his ancestors. He began digging into some records five years ago and found out that he’s related to Edward Pedigo, a man who fought for the colonists in the Revolutionary War. “I finally found a hero in my... Read more