CHSV offers admission-free weekend for historic sites
CHESTERFIELD — The Chesterfield County Museum and the 1892 Historic Jail will be participating with over twenty of the Richmond Regions most renowned historic sites that will be offering a “passport” to time- travel during a special admission-free weekend on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22 and 23. Tourists and locals alike are invited to discover the history of Chesterfield County. Each site will offer complimentary admission to visitors who show a Time Travelers Passport, available via download from www.chesterfieldhistory.com. A list of all participating sites can be found on the passport.
The Chesterfield Museum is a reproduction of the colonial courthouse of 1749. Its collections tell the history of Chesterfield County from pre-historic times through the 20th century. Exhibits include early Indian culture, artifacts from the first iron and coal mines in America, which were in Chesterfield County, early household and farming tools and a country store of the late 19th century. See the museum’s special exhibit, “Ringing in the Centennial of Chesterfield County’s 1917 Courthouse.”
The Old Jail, built in 1892, includes a changing exhibit downstairs “Mobilizing for War” on display through mid-October 2018, a centennial exhibit focusing on the history of the establishment of Camp Lee to train and equip troops for WWI. Upstairs, visitors may view cells as they were when they housed their last prisoners in 1962.
The County Museum and Historic Jail will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and 12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday and is located at 6813 Mimms Loop in Chesterfield. There will also be a Grandparent Day event on Sept. 22 from noon till 2p.m. This event is for all ages and all are welcome. For more information, call the County Museum and Historic Jail at (804) 768-7311 or visit the website www.chesterfieldhistory.com.