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Experience Chesterfield in Winter 2018-01-29T15:17:33+00:00

EXPERIENCE
CHESTERFIELD
IN WINTER

Winter is a delightful time to experience Chesterfield County! Here you’ll find suggestions for where to take the kids when it’s cold outside, for brisk outdoor hikes and for soaking up details about county history. For more ideas, check out other itineraries at ExperienceChesterfield.com.

Check out the activities and events

The Arts

Indoor Adventures

Winter Scenery

The Arts

Chesterfield County is full of opportunities to appreciate the arts during these cold winter months.

Chesterfield’s Swift Creek Mill Theatre will feature “All My Sons” this winter, the 1947 classic drama by Arthur Miller. The heart-wrenching story of a family torn apart by greed and guilt is based on the true story of an Ohio aeronautical corporation accused of conspiring with an army inspection officer to approve defective aircraft engines destined for military use.

All My Sons

All My Sons

Music lovers should also check out the Chesterfield County Public Library’s Acoustic Concerts Series, which this winter features the Red Herrings and Matthew O’Donnell. The series features traditional bluegrass, folk and Irish tunes from the Richmond region. Families and children are always welcome!

Acoustic Concerts Series

Acoustic Concerts Series

Spend the evening with author Erica Armstrong Dunbar, who will share her new book “Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge” Jan. 27 at the Meadowdale Library. The event begins at 7 p.m., and Friends of the Chesterfield County Public Library will have priority seating and are invited to a pre-event reception and book signing at 6 p.m. Everyone can purchase a book and get it signed after the program.

Never Caught

Never Caught

And, experience adventure on the big screen as the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour stops in Chesterfield. Experience the world’s last great wild places in this film series set for March 8-10 at James River High School. Movies will be shown from 7-9:30 p.m. each night. Tickets are $6 per night or $15 for all three nights; call 804-748-1623 for more information and tickets.

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

If murder-mystery is more your style, check out Murder at the Library, a murder mystery theatre event hosted by Clover Hill Library and Sisters in Crime Virginia. Tickets go on sale Jan. 2 for Friends of the Library and Jan. 9 for the general public. Tickets are $35/each or $60 for two.

Murder Mystery

Murder at the Library

Be sure to visit the Chester Library for two art exhibits this winter. Support the county’s young artists as Thomas Dale High School students exhibit a variety of artwork on display through Jan. 31. From Feb. 1 through March 31, Roger Walk’s “Beauty Everywhere” photography exhibit will be on display. It showcases a diverse collection of portraits, landscapes, Richmond cityscapes and riverscapes.

Roger Walk

Roger Walk

Or, join the Richmond Symphony Feb. 23 at 7 p.m., for an intimate concert at KingsWays Community Church as they play Handel’s renowned Water Music, Suite No. 2 as well as selections from Schubert, Roussel, Walton and Mihuad. Tickets are $20 for adults on $10 for kids ages 3-18.

Richmond Symphony

Richmond Symphony

Also throughout the month of February, be sure to check out all the programs at the county’s libraries celebrating Black History Month. From programs about African Americans in Midlothian to Jackie Robinson and Frederick Douglass to the music of black history, there is something for everyone. The month-long celebration is designed to explore the rich, diverse background of African Americans and their contributions to our community and nation. Find more Black History month events scheduled throughout the county in the events listing – they are marked with an asterisk*.

Finally, if history is your thing, join the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia for the annual Winter Lecture Series beginning on Jan. 13 and continuing every second Friday through March 24.

Indoor Adventures

For younger kids, a trip to the Children’s Museum of Richmond at Chesterfield is a must! Infants and toddlers will love exploring the Enchanted Forest while their older siblings can take a walk down Main Street where they can use their imagination and play grocer, banker, diner owner and vet. Kids of all ages can create masterpieces in the Art Studio.

Children’s Museum of Richmond at Chesterfield

Children’s Museum of Richmond at Chesterfield

Older kids will enjoy visiting Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline park where they can fly high at the 3-D play arena. Free jump, ultimate dodgeball and foam zone provide hours of fun. Don’t forget to print out the waiver online to take with you.

Sky Zone

Sky Zone

Go next door to Thunderbolt Indoor Karting, where you will zip around the track at this all-indoor electric go-kart facility. Race family and friends for 16 laps and take advantage of weekly specials.

Thunderbolt Indoor Karting

Thunderbolt Indoor Karting

And, for everyone, check out these adventures:

Richmond Ice Zone: Lace up your skates and ice skate year round at Richmond Ice Zone. Check the website for public skate times and programs for skaters of all levels.

Peak Experiences: Discover the great indoors at the largest indoor rock climbing center in the U.S. Climbers of all skill levels are challenged by more than 125 top-rope routes, lead-climbing and bouldering. All-day passes and climbing gear rentals are available.

Laser Quest: Combine the fun of hide-and-seek with high-tech tools at Laser Quest. This facility specializes in family fun and is a favorite for team outings and youth group events.

Winter Scenery

Chesterfield County has about 40 miles of trails in 13 locations across the county. Check them out! The Dutch Gap Conservation Area is breathtaking this time of year, and Pocahontas State Park is full of places to hike, walk and bike, regardless of the weather.

Beaver Lake at Pocahontas State Park

Hike Around Beaver Lake at Pocahontas State Park

Another way to see the sights while staying warm is to take a driving tour around historic Bon Air and Midlothian. These tours feature opportunities to park and get out of the car, but most of the tours can be spent in the car looking at historic sites and architecture.

Old Bon Air Hotel Annex

Old Bon Air Hotel Annex

Spend time exploring Bon Air, a Victorian resort town that was established in 1877 as an escape for those living in Richmond and as a summer retreat for vacationers. A drive through the town today will reveal unique architecture and Victorian-style construction.

Bon Air Driving Tour with Map

bon-air-map

Old Bon Post Office
Old Bon House

Some of Chesterfield County’s oldest history can be found in Midlothian, which boasts the country’s first industrial coal mines, the site of the settlement of the French Huguenots and the location of the first railroad in Virginia.

Midlothian Driving Tour with Map

midlo-map

Historic Chesterfield Courthouse
Pocahontas State Park

PLAN YOUR VISIT

Heirloom Herbs: Their History and Folklore

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 11 a.m.-noon

Chesterfield County Museum, 6813 Mimms Loop

Did you know that basil was used as an air freshener, insect repellent, digestive medicine, good luck charm, and symbol of love, in addition to its culinary uses?  Explore the historical uses and folklore of this and other familiar garden herbs such as rosemary, sage, fennel and thyme. Registration required at least one week in advance, call 768-7311.


 Winter Lecture Series: Trabue Tavern: A Family’s Journey

Saturday, Jan. 20, noon

Magnolia Grange, 10020 Iron Bridge Road

Learn about the fascinating history of this local tavern, and Karen Scherzer’s journey to bring the historic tavern back to the Trabue family.


Winter Lecture Series: Putting Together the Puzzle of Chesterfield’s Past Through Archaelogy

Saturday, Jan. 27, 11 a.m.

Chesterfield County Museum, 6813 Mimms Loop

Explore the work of an archaeologist and practice using hands-on methods and tools.  This will involve digging for artifacts, evaluating them and then solving the puzzle of “mending” pottery shards.  Family-friendly fun!


Winter Lecture Series: Beyond Glory: Remembering United States Colored Troops

Saturday, Feb. 3, noon

Magnolia Grange, 10020 Iron Bridge Road

Join Emmanuel Dabney, interpretive ranger for the Petersburg National Battlefield, as he shares the history and important service that these men provided during the Civil War.


African Folktales*

Various dates, times and locations. See event listing for full details.

Storyteller Charmaine Crowell-White tells traditional African and African-American folktales.


The RVA Environmental Film Festival

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 6:30-9 p.m.

North Courthouse Road Library, 325 Courthouse Road, North Chesterfield

Attend a screening of the short film “Local Flowers, Local Farmers: A Growing American Movement” and the award-winning documentary “A Blooming Business.”


African Americans in Midlothian, VA*

Thursday, Feb. 8, 11 a.m.-noon

Midlothian Library, 521 Coalfield Road, Midlothian

Discover the rich and often overlooked history of African Americans in the village of Midlothian.


African Americans in Chesterfield County*

Saturday, Feb. 10, 11 a.m.-noon

Chester Library, 11800 Centre St., Chester

Audrey Ross, historian for the First Baptist Church of Midlothian and member of the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia’s African American History Committee, presents a historical overview of the lives, accomplishments and contributions of African Americans in Chesterfield County.


Sweets with Your Sweetheart

Saturday, Feb. 10, 7-9 p.m.

Magnolia Grange House Museum, 10020 Iron Bridge Road

The night will be filled with a selection of decadent chocolates, sweet treats and cakes to share with your loved one. In addition, each guest will receive a complimentary glass of champagne and a rose. While you enjoy the delicious desserts, a presentation will be given on the “History of Valentine’s Day,” along with readings of several famous poems about love. Cost $30, reservations required. Call 748-1498 or visit www.chesterfieldhistory.com to register.


Do You Speak Floriography? (The Language of Flowers)

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 11 a.m.-noon

Chesterfield County Museum, 6813 Mimms Loop

During the Victoria Era, flowers were used as a way to send subtle messages to others. Spend Valentine’s Day with the Backpack Storyteller Deborah Alsko as she describes this romantic form of communication. Registration required at least one week in advance, call 768-7311.


Jackie Robinson*

Saturday, Feb. 17, 10:30-11:15 a.m.

North Courthouse Road Library, 325 Courthouse Road, North Chesterfield

Learn about Jackie Robinson as he learns valuable lessons from his mother, then cheer him on as he scores the first home run as a professional baseball player for the Brooklyn Dodgers. For ages 5-10.


Honoring Chesterfield County African American World War I and II Veterans*

Saturday, Feb. 17, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia, 10111 Iron Bridge Road

Hear the stories and history of African Americans who served in World War I and World War II.


Winter Lecture Series: Honoring Chesterfield County African American World I and II Veterans

Saturday, Feb. 17, 11 a.m.

Chesterfield County Museum, 6813 Mimms Loop

A lecture/discussion presented by the African American History Committee of the Chesterfield Historical Society of VA.


Freedom Songs: The Music of Black History*

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2-2:45 p.m.

Meadowdale Library, 4301 Meadowdale Blvd., North Chesterfield

Listen to the songs that impacted American music, from songs of slavery and the hymns of the Underground Railroad to the blues of Beale Street and the anthems of the civil rights movement.


Frederick Douglass*

Monday, Feb. 19, 1-2 p.m.

Ettrick-Matoaca Library, 4501 River Road, South Chesterfield

Learn about Frederick Douglass’ life as a slave, his escape to freedom and his rise as a great writer, orator and abolitionist. For grades K-12.


Life of Frederick Douglass*

Monday, Feb. 19, 6-7 p.m.

Bon Air Library, 9103 Rattlesnake Road, North Chesterfield

Poet, author and spoken word performer Nathan M. Richardson details the life of Frederick Douglass, from his time as a slave to his escape and rise as a great writer, orator and abolitionist.


Speaking of Jazz with Victor Haskins’ Skein*

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 7-8 p.m.

North Courthouse Road Library, 325 Courthouse Road, North Chesterfield

Hear how jazz music developed over time in this interactive performance. Learn the basic concepts behind jazz and other music rooted in African-American culture, such as improvisation, rhythm and communication.


Beyond Black History Month*

Saturday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m.-noon

Meadowdale Library, 4301 Meadowdale Blvd., North Chesterfield

Get a historical perspective on race in the United States and how it has impacted education locally and nationally.


Historic Point of Rocks Guided Tour

Saturday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m.-noon

Garland Dodd Park, 201 Enon Church Road

Visit Historic Point of Rocks and learn about the Union hospital established here where Clara Barton served, and walk the ground where President Lincoln did during his visit in 1865. Wear comfortable shoes. Tour meets in parking lot at maintenance office. The fee is $8, call 804-751-4946 to register.


“Historic Bon Air” Driving Tour

Friday, March 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Historic Trinity Church, 10111 Iron Bridge Road

This driving tour will focus on the unique history of Bon Air. Learn about how this town evolved as a resort retreat for residents from Richmond to escape the heat.


Winter Lecture Series: Women of Service During World War I

Saturday, March 3, noon

Magnolia Grange, 10020 Iron Bridge Road

Learn about women’s role during WWI in many areas, especially the Gold Star Mothers. 


Howlett Line Van Tour

Saturday, March 10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road

Learn about Civil War sites that were part of a Confederate line of defenses known as the Howlett Line. This tour will include stops at Battery Dantzler, Parker’s Battery, Ware Bottom Church Battlefield, Howlett Line Park and Fort Wead. Transportation provided from Henricus. The fee is $15, call 804-751-4946 to register. 


Winter Lecture Series: A Historical Tour of Virginia’s Musical Heritage

Saturday, March 10, 11 a.m.

Chesterfield County Museum, 6813 Mimms Loop

Join Lamar Banister on a tour of the early development of music (First People, Europeans and Africans) and how it developed into making Virginia the center of American music up through the Folk/Blues of the 60s, and the impact it has on us today.


“Highlights of Midlothian” Van Tour

Saturday, March 24, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Midlothian Mines Park, 13286 North Woolridge Road

This guided van tour will enable you to experience many of the unique historical sites located within the village of Midlothian. This behind-the-scenes tour will focus on many of the fascinating places of interest that are part of the history of Midlothian.


Winter Lecture Series: Diary of a Southern Soldier Boy

Saturday, April 7, noon

Magnolia Grange, 10020 Iron Bridge Road

Learn the firsthand account of a Confederate infantryman who served from the outbreak of the War Between the States until one of the Seven Days Battles near Richmond in 1862.


Kite Day

Sunday, April 8, 1-4 p.m.  (rain date is April 15)

Clover Hill Athletic Complex, 17701 Genito Road (Fields 7 & 8)

Pack a lunch and bring out the entire family for a great day of kite flying. There will be entertainment and other fun activities for the kids to enjoy through the day. To register for a free kite, call 748-1623 to sign up. Supplies are limited!


Winter Lecture Series: How the States Got Their Shapes: The Ongoing Disputes Between Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland

Saturday, April 14, 11 a.m.

Chesterfield County Museum, 6813 Mimms Loop

Starting with the original Maryland charter there have been almost continuous disputes between Maryland and Virginia / West Virginia as to the location of their common borders and the rights associated with the borders.  This presentation will highlight some of those issues and explore the consequences.


Falling Creek Ironworks Annual Event

Saturday, April 14, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Falling Creek Ironworks Park, 6907 Jeff Davis Highway, Richmond

Join us for an exciting exploration of America’s first iron furnace, the 1619-22 ironworks on Falling Creek. Tour guides will conduct archaeological tours of the 1619 ironworks. Activities include guided tours, exhibits, costumed interpretation, living history, period demonstrations, musical performances, Native American dancing and children’s activities. 


Bermuda Hundred Campaign Tour

Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road

Learn about the impact of the Bermuda Hundred Campaign in 1864 by visiting some of the county’s Civil War sites. Tour includes stops at Dutch Gap, Battery Dantzler, Point of Rocks and Drewry’s Bluff. Transportation provided from Henricus. The fee is $15, call 804-751-4946 to register. 


The Art of Technique of Using Natural Dyes

Wednesday, April 25, 11 a.m.-noon

Chesterfield County Museum, 6813 Mimms Loop

Learn about the types of dyes that were used to color textiles in the past.  Dye sources such as turmeric will be demonstrated and discussed. Registration required at least one week in advance, call 768-7311.

 

* Black History Month events