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
The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia (CHSV) will present a family-friendly drop-in event at the County Museum on Saturday, April 16. Stop by anytime between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to learn about the camp life of Union and Confederate soldiers, and their uniforms, equipment, food, military drills and... Read more
Toward the end of World War II, captured German soldiers were housed behind what is now DSCR. Unlike the treatment that American POWs got in Germany, POWs held here were treated fairly. According to DSCR history, “In 1943, a 2,000 capacity prisoner of war camp was built on a... Read more
They were born in the 1920s. Not just born in ‘20s, they were also all born in their homes right in Chester. None were born in hospitals, all were born in houses right here. The oldest of what is referred to as the “Six Silly Salliess” just had her... Read more
Things, those old things, an old newspaper, an odd report card or book may not seem important but they could contain windows to the past. These yellowing and fragile pieces offer us a way to see how former generations lived, what they thought about or just how simple their... Read more
The photo above is of an early peanut plant bagging machine in southern Chesterfield. When Africans were brought to North America as slaves, peanuts came with them. Slaves planted peanuts throughout the southern United States (the word goober comes from the Congo name for peanuts – nguba). In the... Read more
In late November 1961, the ground shook from Bellwood to the City of Colonial Heights; from Enon to the Courthouse. The Howard Johnson’s Restaurant (now Deny’s) on West Hundred Road just west of the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike (now Interstate 95) had blown up. Sixteen persons were injured including then Bermuda... Read more