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
The Chesterfield Department of Parks and Recreation in partnership with the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia will offer a driving tour of Civil War battle sites that played a major role in the 1864 Bermuda Hundred Campaign on Saturday, March 12 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. beginning at... Read more
The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia (CHSV) will present a lecture at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 19 at the County Museum, 6813 Mimms Loop, in Chesterfield. Guest presenter is Lamar Banister, living history “edutainer.” Banister’s costumed program covers the period of history between 1875 and 1917 including the... Read more
The John Rolfe Players were as much a part of local theatre just as peas are to carrots. The force behind the group was Dottie and her husband Larry Armstrong. Between the two of them some say they were the John Rolfe theatre group. Formed in 1955 the couple... Read more
With the ongoing celebration of Black History Month in February, the Chesterfield County Historical Society (CHSV) and its African-American History Committee has compiled the life story of the man behind the naming of Mimms Loop – Cornelius Mimms, a Chesterfield County resident who was born before the Civil War... Read more
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