The Goochland County Historical Society is closing to the public until further notice. In response to the coronavirus, county government declared a local state of emergency yesterday, Friday, March 13th, encouraging “community groups and organizations to cancel or reschedule all large group gatherings through at least August 31st.“ Thank you for your patience and understanding.


To help celebrate Goochland Day on May 9, the Goochland County Historical Society is sponsoring a photography contest. The contest will hold competitions for students and for adults in several different categories. It will celebrate “what Goochland means to you—the people, the animals, the plants, the buildings, the river, the scenes and all that make Goochland special.”

At the adult level, both amateur and professional photographers are encouraged to submit entries. At the student level, there will be two competitions: one for high schoolers and one for those below high school age. For your convenience, guidelines and the application form are enclosed with this newsletter. Please note that entries become the property of the Goochland County Historical Society and will not be returned. Selected entries may be used on our website or blog or in our calendar.

Winning photographs will be exhibited to the public as part of the Goochland Day celebration. Get out your camera and explore Goochland through your camera’s lens!

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Was Virginia the 18th Century “Garden of Eden”?

Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 1:00 pm

Goochland Public Library Meeting Room, 3075 River Rd. W., Goochland, VA 23063

Ever wonder why so many plants have “virginiana” in their names? Join Master Gardener and history buff Cathy McCarthy to explore how military issues, politics, and religion created a perfect storm of influences resulting in many New World plants being named after Virginia. Hear how to grow some of those plants to create your own historic “Garden of Eden”.


We are pleased to announce that Facts and Legends of Goochland County has been reprinted! We have them in stock and ready for your holiday shopping. The price is $25.00 and they are in stock and ready to go!


Head over to our gift shop to purchase your copy of the 2020 calendar while supplies last. These vintage Goochland calendars sell our quickly so don’t get left behind! As of December 6, 2019, the 2020 calendar is sold out. Thank you very much for supporting the Goochland County Historical Society.

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