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Chesterfield County Museum and Old Jail

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Monuments, Houses & Mansions, Historic Sites, Cultural Sites, Educational, Cultural, Historical
10201 Iron Bridge Road, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, VA
URL: Chesterfield County Museum...  Phone: 804-748-1026
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Activity Overview

Chesterfield County museum and old jail takes you back on a unique journey through Chesterfield County's rich history. The county museum is built as a replica of the county's 1750 courthouse. The museum features many permanent and rotating exhibits. The visit to the 1892 jail offers a thrilling experience, the museum sheds light on the lives of Chesterfield's citizens and culture.

Things to Do

  • Visitors can take a tour of the County museum and the jail, see exhibits depicting Chesterfield's native American culture, the civil wars, stories of Chesterfield's citizens and their culture, and significant work in ironworks, tobacco cultivation, coal mines and hospital.
  • See artifacts from America's first coal and iron mines, and visit replica of an old general store. Tours must be scheduled on call.
  • The 1892 jail is a historic landmark featuring first floor constructed of granite stones and iron barred cells upstairs. The jail housed prisoners for nearly 70 years. The jail features an exhibit displaying history of the police department and a memorial wall.
  • The other noteworthy and historic landmarks in the neighborhood are the 1917 courthouse, Magnolia Grange, and Castle wood.
  • A popular program is offered at the old jail, known as paranormal investigation and tour, visitors can explore the jail at night with a paranormal expert.

Chesterfield County museum and old jail Insider Tips

  • Donations are suggested.
  • Visit the official website to know of schedule of rotating exhibits.

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