The Chesterfield County Museum is the place to begin your journey through the county’s rich history. Built as a replica of the county’s 1750 courthouse, the museum is located directly behind the historic 1917 courthouse.

Exhibits depict Virginia Indian culture, early European settlement of the area, the

Revolutionary and Civil wars, and the first ironworks and coal mines in America. The Old Jail, adjacent to the museum, was built in 1892 and housed prisoners for 70 years. The second floor features original iron-barred cells that are virtually unchanged since the last prisoners occupied them in 1962. The first floor holds rotating exhibits about Chesterfield County and its historic past.

One popular program offered at the Old Jail is the paranormal investigation and tour, where guests explore the jail with an expert in paranormal activity, hoping to hear (and record!) things that go bump in the night. Details about the program can be found online at

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Suggested donation: $2 for the museum and $1 for the Old Jail Allow 45 to 60 minutes for a visit.