The Goochland County Historical Society
welcomes you to our web site. We are pleased to offer information about our organization and the history of Goochland County. Browse these pages and discover information about the Jail c. 1833, our research library, the gift shop, and current data about Goochland County. For further information we have provided links to other web pages that may be of interest.
Our offices in the Historical Center are open:
April - September, Tuesday - Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- October - March, Wednesday - Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Call (804) 556-3966 for more information.
Coming Soon...Colonel Ulric Dahlgren Rides Again!!
Goochland County Historical Society is sponsoring a recreation of Dahlgren's Raid through Goochland on September 28 - 30, 2012 as Civil War Sesquicentennial educational event. Coordinating with Rick Smith of US Volunteer Cavalry Association and who will portray Dahlgren, we expect 150 uniformed riders for the three-day event. A recreation of Dahlgren's mounted attack on Richmond's Local Defense Troops is planned for Tuckahoe Plantation on Sunday, September 30th. Please see the following links for more information:
Download our flyer for the event and click the following link for more information about the 2nd US Cavalry. This will be a historic event -- no pun intended.
Goochland County Historical Society Magazine, Volume 43/2011 is now available. This issue contains Civil War letters of Goochland soldier, William C. Kean. William was often touted for his intellect and his fondness for learning. His eloquent style of writing is reflected in the letters presented in the magazine. In the letters, William writes to his niece, Susan Kean Boston, daughter of his eldest brother, Julian Kean. The letters tell of the horrors of the war and reveal the ambivalence William experiences as the war progresses and how affected he is by the loss of so many men even his enemies.
2012 Vintage Goochland Calendars are now Available
Calendars will be available for purchase at the following locations: the Historical Center, the Goochland County Administration Building, and the Historical Museum.
A project to increase the historical content presented on this web site is underway. If you should have materials that would enhance information about Goochland's past, please consider sharing. The Society will photograph items and scan documents suitable for presentation at your convenience. Please contact the Historical Center.
Recent Contributions from GCHS Members and Supporters
Cumulative Table of Contents to "Goochland County Historical Society Magazine" Volumes Issued 1969-2007, Numbers 2 through 39.
Historic Churches of Goochland County Listing contributed by Phyllis Silber.
Goochland County Historical Marker Program
The Society, through the efforts of our member-volunteers, has developed a program to erect county historical markers commemorating a person, site, building or event of local significance.
Information about the program is located in the Program Description, the Marker Process provides further information about protocol and costs, and the Nomination Form is used to start the commemoration.
Of Note: Our photograph collections are a significant holding of the Society. They tell many stories about our heritage and serve as a resource for our publications. The Board of Directors has adopted a photographic services policy that makes the Society's photographs available. Please review the Photographic Services to view the fee schedule and the Photographic Services Order Form to place an order. The order form also contains the terms and conditions of use.
The Society has acquired more than 1,200 volumes of genealogical material from the library of Reverend Forrest D. Sheets, past president of the Society and former pastor of Byrd Presbyterian Church. More information may be found in our May 2004 Newsletter.
The Society maintains an Historical Center, located just East of the Courthouse at 2875 River Road West (Route 6). It houses our offices, research library, map and photograph collections, and gift shop. Historical Society members are available to welcome visitors to Goochland, assist researchers and to answer mail or telephone inquiries about County history or genealogical research. Our map collection offers maps from 1820 to the present with roads, churches, mills and transportation depots. The photograph collection contains pictures of identified persons, events and buildings in Goochland.
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Pictured is the Goochland County Courthouse, located on the Courthouse Green in
Goochland , Virginia on State Route 6, approximately 25 miles west of Richmond's Capitol Square.