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Old Jail

The Chesterfield County Museum is the place to begin your journey through Chesterfield County’s rich history as the second permanent settlement in the New World. Built as a replica of the county’s 1750 courthouse, the county museum is located directly behind the historic 1917 Courthouse, at 6813 Mimms Loop. Its exhibits follow Chesterfield’s Native American culture, early settlement, the Revolutionary and Civil Wars and the “firsts” that distinguish our county; ironworks, tobacco cultivation, private land ownership, coal mines and hospital. A replica of a 20th century country store intrigues visitors young and old and rotating exhibits featuring stories of Chesterfield’s citizens and culture draw visitors back in time and the life of their community.

The recently reopened 1892 jail thrills visitors as they experience how prisoners were incarcerated in cells that pre-date the jail’s closure in the 1960s. An exhibit entitled “Protecting our Citizens; a History of Law and Order in Chesterfield County” occupies the bottom floor.

Tours begin at the county museum, where admission is $2.00. Admission to the jail is an additional $1.00.

For more information, or to schedule a tour, please call (804) 768-7311/.

6813 Mimms Loop, Chesterfield, VA 23832


This site is sponsored by Chesterfield Heritage Alliance.
For more information, call the Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation at (804) 748-1623

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