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.


The Fall meeting will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 17 at the historic Providence Presbyterian Church in Gum Spring. Karen Chase, author of Carrying Independence, will be our guest speaker. Ms. Chase is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Commonwealth Chapter, a photographer; and a member of the James River Writers.

In this fact-based, Revolutionary War novel, Nathaniel Marten, an intrepid Post rider is hired by Congress to carry the Declaration of Independence to collect the final signatures on the one document that will unite the colonies.

According to its website, Providence Presbyterian Church, built in 1747, is the oldest Presbyterian Church in continual use in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the oldest south or west of Pennsylvania. It is also the only remaining example of the seven “Meeting Houses” built by dissenters of Hanover and Louisa when the Church of England was the established church in the early 1740’s.

Directions to the church:

3388 Three Chopt Road, Gum Spring, VA 23065

From I64 West, take the 522 exit (Exit 159) toward Gum Spring/Mineral.

Turn left onto Cross County Road (522 South).

Turn right onto Broad Street (Rt 250).

Take the first right onto Three Chopt Road.


On November 9 at 1:00 p.m., the Society is hosting representatives from at the Goochland Public Library. In this session, research methods for family trees submitted by members will be discussed. This session will be a live, real-time presentation of the database. The speaker will search for ancestors that attendees are having trouble finding. Please bring a list of your ancestors that you want FamilySearch to help you find.

We want to get to as many of your ancestors as possible. The Meeting Room has been reserved until 3:00 p.m. in case we need to go that long. And please invite a friend! Come and learn.


Join us on September 28, 2019 as The Friends of the Goochland Library and Goochland County Historical Society host Bill Lohmann. Bill is a columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He was born and raised in Richmond, and has been in the news business for 40 years..

He’s the author of several books. The newest is “DR COPTR: The Flying Physician Who Kept His Promise to Tangier Island.” It’s the story of Dr. David Nichols, a Northern Neck physician, and his undying devotion to Tangier Island, that small island of fewer than 500 residents in the Chesapeake Bay.

He also is the author of “Backroads and Byways of Virginia,” a travel guide of the state.

His other books include “Back Roads: People, Places and Pie Around Virginia” and its sequel, “On the Back Roads Again: More People, Places and Pie Around Virginia,” both of which are collaborations with his colleague Bob Brown, a longtime photographer for The Times-Dispatch. His first book was a collection of columns about his family’s cross-country adventure called “Are We There Yet?”

Bill and his wife Robin have been married for 35 years and have three children. They live in Henrico County with a dog, a cat, several fish, a hermit crab, and numerous dust bunnies.


The Goochland County Historical Society and are sponsoring a talk on using the database at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 10, 2019, at the Goochland Library. The talk will be given by a member of the team and will cover how to access the database, what is in it, how to find ancestors, and the use of the Wiki feature. The talk is free but anyone who would like to attend is asked to call the Historical Society at (804) 556-3966 or sign up here to register and ensure a chair at this popular talk.

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