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
Appraisers do their thing at annual event
The Chesterfield Historical Society held its 11th annual Antiques Evaluation Saturday, March 16 at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds. “I have been appraising for about 30 years,” local appraiser Joe Lipscombe said. “If you’re in this business, you do an appraising every day because we buy and sell. We [have... Read more
Live history

Live history

CommunityHistory February 26, 2019

Storyteller and performer Charmaine Crowell-White entertained students during three lunch events at Carver Middle School Feb. 8. Students enjoyed a first-person performance by Crowell-White as Sukey, Dolley Madison’s personal maid. She described how Sukey and other house servants saved the portrait of George Washington and many other historical documents... Read more
A sharecropper’s life: Matoaca resident talks about his grandfather’s legacy
For 30 years of William Holliday Sr.’s life, his family would recite his history and achievements at their family reunion. When Holliday died in 2004 at the age of 112, he was one of the oldest men in the country and his grandson, Jim McKnight, said he wanted his... Read more
‘Triple Nickels’ remembered
Members of the Jesse J. Mayes Tri-Cities Chapter of the 555th Parachute Infantry Assoc., attended a commemoration of Ettrick’s Triple Nickel Bridge on Nov. 16. The 555th Parachute Infantry was the nation’s first all-black parachute infantry platoon, and was affectionately known as the ‘Triple Nickels.’ Read more