Both passengers and cargo traveled to and from the port at Bermuda Hundred to points along the east coast. The Bermuda Hundred terminus of the narrow-gage Farmville and Powhatan Railroad (track width of 3 ft. 6 in. versus 4 ft. 8 in., the normal width of a modern rail track). The schooner John... Read more
Memorial Day is a day to remember the men and women who died while serving in the armed forces protecting our country. Including all wars through today, over 1.3 million service members have lost their lives. The Civil War accounted for the most deaths (623,026), followed by World War... Read more
Founded in 1830, a route between Richmond and Petersburg was built by the Richmond & Petersburg Railroad. One stop on the railroad was in Chester. The little train depot was located at a rail crossing on Curtis Street. The crossing still exists as a modern crossing, but the station... Read more
The Henricus Foundation announced last week that it has been awarded a $10,000 environmental stewardship grant from The Dominion Foundation – the charitable arm of Dominion Resources – for educational programs that include study of the James River watershed at Henricus Historical Park. “Our unparalleled education programs are designed... Read more
Who are these guys? Do you know? All we really know is that they were standing outside of Magee’s Pharmacy in Chester. It looks as if they are hanging out just chewing the fat on the sidewalk at the intersection of Old Hundred (Hundred Road then) and Harrowgate roads.... Read more
  The jug was phony but the game was real. This weekly penny ante poker game in the kitchen at Wrexham. called Wrexham Hall, was located at Old Centralia and Iron Bridge roads, before Chesterfield Meadows was built and it was moved to Old Wrexham Road. Among these three... Read more
Think nearly 150 years ago and it is May in the little Village of Chester. A fierce battle is raging outside a little yellow house known simply then as the Winfree House. The woman who lives there approaches Colonel William Fowler of the Union troops with a fierce glare... Read more
The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia (CHSV) will present four short films highlighting various aspects of Chesterfield history on Saturday, May 7 at the County Museum, 6813 Mimms Loop, in Chesterfield. These films are approximately 15 minutes in length and feature first-person oral histories of local residents involved in... Read more
The Bright Hope Railroad was an important export tool for Chesterfield County. The Bright Hope hauled coal from the Midlothian mines through Chester to Osborne’s Landing, approximately where the Virginia Dominion Power Plant is located. In 1877, the narrow gage railroad had its shops located in Chester generally along... Read more
One of the major beneficiaries of the Morse telegraph was the American railroad system. The telegraph made it possible to accurately track the position of trains by passing critical information between railroad stations. The Richmond-Petersburg Railroad had been previously dependent on lamps and other less reliable means could now... Read more