This brand NEW digital trail is made possible by a grant from the Virginia Tourism Corporation's American Evolution 2019 Commemoration program. The trail allows both residents and visitors to identify 50+ historical sites in Louisa County. Together they unfold the story of our American Democracy focusing on the experiences of Indians, women, and African Americans. Visit the trail by clicking on the link below.
The 1950s represented an era of change for Americans. Louisans reflect on that time period in a series of oral histories currently being collected by trained volunteers. Over the course of 2018 and 2019 we will be conducting interviews and making the findings available to the public. If you or anyone you know has remembrances of Louisa County in the 1950s to contribute or you would like to receive training to become a volunteer interviewer, please contact us.
This project was made possible by the Enriching Communities grant program of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF).
Stop by the Sargeant Museum during our public hours (Monday-Friday, 10:00 am-4:00 pm) and use the resources in our research library. Resources include books on Louisa history, past issues of the LCHS Magazine, and many different types of historical records (deed and will abstracts, vital record indexes, cemetery records, etc.). Our archives and collections are available for research by appointment only.
Need help tracing your ancestry? Join our skilled genealogy researchers during our Family Search Workshops held the first Wednesday of each month at the Sargeant Museum from 10:15 am to 12:15 pm. This program is free but please call to verify dates as the date is subject to change or cancellation based on volunteer availability.
We also hold periodic workshops in specific research topics: Upcoming special topic research workshop:
Black Genealogy Course
Saturday, February 9th 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
JMRL Louisa Library
Free, but registration required. Please call us at (540) 967-5975 to register.
The Land Between the Rivers - Piedmont Virginia Digital History, is an online collaboration between several of the local historical societies and museums in the portion of Virginia between the James and Rappahannock Rivers.
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 add information about new sites.
We are delighted to announce that an updated, revised, and expanded edition of The Old Home Places of Louisa County is now available for purchase! We have limited numbers of the book left. Place your order today before we run out!
The Louisa County Historical Society publishes two magazines a year (spring and fall) that feature articles on local history and historical sites as well as transcriptions and abstracts of historical records. A newsletter is published quarterly (spring, summer, fall and winter). Become a member to receive our magazines and newsletters. Back issues are also available for purchase for $10 each (excluding special editions).