CHSV of­fers ad­mis­sion-free week­end for his­toric sites

The Progress-Index Weekend - - LOCAL -

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.

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