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 She described how Sukey and other house servants saved the portrait of George Washington and many other historical documents...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
The historic Yellow House holds tales from years gone by
The Chester Garden Club is offering a tour of an 1840s-era house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. The holiday home tour of the Yellow House, formerly known as the Winfree House, is a fundraiser for the club’s community beautification efforts. The L-shaped home has six... Read more
100th anniversary of Armistice adds to annual commemoration
Chesterfield County elementary school students made 450 clay poppies that were planted in the lawn of the old Chesterfield Courthouse for a special ceremony Sunday, Nov. 11, symbolizing the significance of this Veterans Day. One hundred years ago, on Nov. 11, 1918, the Armistice was signed to mark the... Read more
Chesterfield’s heroes and villains: Lescault tells tales from long ago to local crowd
   ABOVE: Russ Lescault speaks at the Chesterfield County Museum, 6831 Mimms Loop; A black-powder pistol made in Spain is similar to models that could have been used in a duel. Russ Lescault loves talking about history. Lescault, 61, is a retired hostage negotiator and search and rescue coordinator. He was... Read more
Never forget: Love for country, friends behind veterans memorial
William T. “Billy” Stubbs has an exceptional memory. His life story documenting nearly 95 years, encompasses childhood, school, friends, career and marriage. His wartime memories seem the most vivid as he shares his experiences as a Marine Corp veteran of the “War in the Pacific” and the loss of... Read more
Revisiting history: Commemoration of Chief Powhatan’s death attracts visitors from Canada
Michael Anderson brought his family from Canada to Henricus Historical Park on Saturday to view where his ancestors lived. Anderson, a Petersburg native who relocated to Toronto a number of years ago, said he found out in recent months that his ancestor 12 generations removed resided on what had... Read more
Chesterfield – Magnolia Grange, the Chesterfield County Museum and the 1892 Historic Jail will be among the Richmond Region’s most renowned historic sites that will be offering a “passport” to “time travel” during a special admission-free weekend on March 24 and 25. Tourists and locals alike are invited to... Read more