Welcome to the Louisa County Historical Society

Bringing Louisa County history to Life!

Come celebrate our exploration of Louisa in the 1950s.

 The 1950s represented an era of change for Americans. Louisa County residents reflect on that time period in a series of oral histories currently being collected by trained volunteers.  Join us on April 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Betty J. Queen Intergenerational Center as we recognize participants and volunteers who have contributed to our oral history project. Learn about Louisa County in the 1950s while enjoying 1950s music, food, family fun and more! Free. Funded by a Charlottesville Area Community Foundation grant. The Betty Queen Center is at 522 Industrial Drive in Louisa.

Heritage Day 2019

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Bring the whole family for a day of fun!

Join us for the sixth annual Heritage Day on April 27, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when we celebrate Louisa County history through living history demonstrations, artisan retail, and food vendors. Heritage Day will take place rain or shine on the grounds of the Sargeant Museum at 214 Fredericksburg Avenue in the town of Louisa.


This year's event features demonstrations by numerous skilled craftsmen from Central Virginia, many using the tools of their trades from the early 19th century. Visitors will learn how blacksmithing, embroidery, spinning, chairmaking and many more early American trades were performed. Activities like doll-making and shelling corn will be hands-on and suitable for small children.


If you have questions please contact the society at (540) 967-5975. We are also still looking for people interested in volunteering at the event or participating as artisans. We look forward to seeing you at Heritage Day!

Special Projects

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We are a community-based organization focused on preserving, protecting and promoting Louisa History in new ways. 

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Digital Tour and Maps

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Get to know the county's distinctive features and historical figures as you drive back roads or walk town streets.

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Recent Events

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Photos from the 5th Annual Heritage Day Festival!   

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Donate to the Society

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We are dedicated to enhancing Louisa County citizens' and visitors' understanding of our fascinating history. Your contribution today helps us make a difference as we open paths for dialogue about our vibrant and complex story.


 

Business Sponsors

Become a business sponsor!

Our Business Sponsors help support our programs and in return, we are pleased to offer them promotional opportunities that spread the news of their charitable support to our members, visitors, and the community at large. 


2019 Business Sponsorships are available at three levels: Supporter ($50 -199), Partner ($200-499), and Benefactor ($500+). If you would like to become a 2019 Business  Sponsor of the Louisa County Historical Society, give us a call at (540) 967-5975 or email us at louisahistory@verizon.net.

Dominion Energy

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We are very grateful to Dominion Energy for being a Business Benefactor!

J.S. Purcell Lumber Corporation

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We are very grateful to J.S. Purcell Lumber Corporation for being a Business Benefactor!

Thank you to our Business Partners:

BB & T - Mineral

Ferrell's Termite & Pest Control, Inc.

Lake Anna Tractor & Hardware

Melvin Burruss, Esq. 

Piedmont Telesystems, Inc. 

 

Become a Member

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We'll send you our quarterly newsletter and our semi-annual magazine, Louisa County History. Plus, you'll receive free admission to the Sargeant Museum and invitations to special programs including our Annual Membership Social and our Annual Meeting, when you can vote for board members and enjoy a special lecture and reception.


Membership levels: 

$35        Annual Individual

$50        Annual Family

$200      Annual Sustaining Individual or Family

$1,500   Lifetime Benefactor (includes engraved brick)


To join, mail a check payable to Louisa County Historical Society to P.O. Box 1172, Louisa, VA 22942 or pay online through the PayPal button above

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Our Diverse Past

Native People

Long before the arrival of European explorers, virtually the entire North American Continent was home to thousands of native tribes living in thousands of villages and towns from coast to coast.  Learn more about the tribes that lived in the Louisa area.

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Will the Stones Whisper their Names?

Historical Society staff, volunteers and community members have recorded over 200 African American burial sites across Louisa County.  Many of these sites contain the remains of people who died enslaved.  Follow the link below to see the map where some of these sites have been located. 

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If It Takes 100 Years

Follow our interactive timeline to explore the journey of women and African Americans toward equal rights in Louisa County from 1865-1965.  Learn about the struggles, those who led the way, and the experience of all along the path.

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