Historical & Cultural Resources Abound
Chesterfield and the surrounding area are rich in history and tradition. Cultural offerings include music, arts, and neighborhood festivals through-out the year; museums and galleries; historic homes and monuments.
Over 20 area museums include: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Science Museum of Virginia, Virginia Historical Society, Virginia Aviation Museum, Maggie L. Walker Historic Site, Black History Museum and Cultural Center, Edgar Allan Poe Museum, White House and Museum of the Confederacy, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, and Richmond Children’s Museum.
Diverse historic attractions include Henricus Historical Park, a re-creation of the second successful English settlement in the New World; St. John’s Church, where Patrick Henry made his “give me liberty or give me death” speech; the Virginia State Capitol designed by Thomas Jefferson; and numerous Civil War battlefields.
The Chesterfield Museum is located in a reproduction of the original courthouse built in 1749. Historic homes, buildings and sites, such as Ampthill Estate, Salisbury, Magnolia Grange and the Bellona Arsenal, abound in the area.
Performing arts organizations include the Richmond Symphony, Richmond Ballet, Virginia Opera, and Virginia Repertory Theatre, as well as numerous touring productions, university productions, and smaller groups. Public performing arts facilities in the area include the 3,667 seat Altria Theater Richmond and the Swift Creek Mill Theatre.
Chesterfield has a central public library and nine branches which provide books, ebooks and resource materials to help people learn more about themselves and their world, supplement formal study and encourage self-education. Books and other resource materials can be searched for, renewed or reserved online by using the Chesterfield County Public Library (CCPL) online digital library service. CCPL offers digital library services through Overdrive, Tumblebooks, Freading and One-Click.