Construction of the Dutch Gap Canal began in August, 1864. The majority of the work to remove 67,000 tons of dirt was done by African-American troops under the Union Brig. Gen D. S. Ludlow. Due to naval battles at Trent’s Reach and the regular artillery shelling by Confederate troops,... Read more
Between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement, the Rosenwald rural school building program proved to be a critical initiative in the effort to provide educational opportunities to African Americans in the South. More than 5,000 Rosenwald Schools, including 367 in Virginia, were built during that time. However,... Read more
Before the automobile became ubiquitous, street cars or trolleys were the transportation of choice. The Richmond to Petersburg trolley paralleled Jefferson Davis Highway and at least one stop covering still remains in Bensley Village. Pictured here is a trolley car as it passed the Bellwood Plantation, now the site... Read more
The most snow recorded in Central Virginia fell 1940 between January 24-25. The blizzard dropped 21.6 inches of snow on the area, officially. Pictured above are two Chester residents attempting to dig out a car at A.L. Lindsey’s Service Station that stood at the corner of Rt. 10 and... Read more
During the night of December 23, 1998, an ice storm now referred to as The Storm, pummeled Chester leaving an astounding amount of damage in its wake. By morning the ice had built up on branches enough to cause their collapse, and when the boughs broke they brought down... Read more
Once located on a knoll where the Chester Walgreen’s now stands, the Shepherd House, once the queen of Chester’s houses, was possibly the largest home of its time period in Chester. Built by T.S. Shepherd, circa 1900-10, the house remained in the hands of the Shepherd family – although... Read more
The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia (CHSV) will present a lecture at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 30 at the County Museum, 6813 Mimms Loop, in Chesterfield. Ryan O’Hallahan, Chesterfield County Museum staff member and graduate history student at Virginia Commonwealth University, will discuss the experiences of women during... Read more
The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia (CHSV) presented its ninth annual “Winter Lecture Series” in Chesterfield on January 8. The series continues every second Friday through March 18, 2016. Each lecture begins at 7 p.m. On January 22, Sean Edwards, historic interpreter at Henricus Historical Park will discuss “Virginia... Read more
Those Elusive World War Memorials
With each new generation, the memories of names, faces and events of the past slowly deteriorate, to be preserved by historians. We are now in the second year of the World War One Commemoration (2014-2018) and one wonders what we are doing to commemorate the event. Where are the... Read more
1864 Bermuda Hundred Campaign Tour
The Chesterfield Department of Parks and Recreation in partnership with the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia offers a guided driving tour of the Civil War battle sites that played a major role in the 1864 Bermuda Hundred Campaign on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. beginning... Read more