Are you ready to start tracing your roots, but really don’t know where to begin? If so, we have the classes for you! Join us for a free four-lecture series where you will learn how to get started on your family genealogy, find information about your ancestors, and how to use census records and other genealogical resources and databases. The last class will feature a speaker knowledgeable about DNA testing and how it can help with figuring out your family tree.


The first three classes will be held on February 17, March 17, and April 21 from 1-2:30 pm at the Goochland County Historical Society Office located at 2875 River Road West, Goochland, Virginia 23063. The final date and time is to be determined. You must register for each class you plan to attend. Seating is limited, so please register early to guarantee a place. To register, call the Goochland County Historical Society at 804-556-3966, 10 am to 3 pm, Wednesday through Friday. The Society will call you back to confirm your registration. If a class has to be rescheduled due to inclement weather, you will be contacted via phone with the new date and time.



​The Friends of the Goochland Library are hosting a History Comes Alive Writer’s Roundup from 1-3 pm on Saturday, February 10, 2018. The event will be held at the Goochland Library and feature readings from seven Virginia authors, a panel discussion and the opportunity to talk with each writer. Featured authors include: Mary Lynn Bayliss, Connie Lapallo, Julie Phend, James Richmond, Phyllis Brock Silber, Bruce Venter, and William Williams. Join us there!


Join us on December 16, 2017, from 10-3 for our annual Snowflake Sale and social. Enjoy our gift shop, catch up on Society happenings, get a book signed by author Phyllis Silber and treat yourself to complimentary refreshments. See you at the sale!​ Look at our catalog here!


Members Holiday Meeting!

On December 3rd at 3:00 pm, join us at historic Mount Bernard to hear Dr. Mary Lynn Bayliss’ lecture on the Dooleys of Maymont. The lecture is built around her new book, “The Dooleys of Richmond: An Irish Immigrant Family in the Old and New South. The book recounts the lives of the family from the antebellum years through the building of Maymont during the gilded age. Dr. Bayliss will sign books after the lecture. Please bring a dessert or hors d‘oeuvres for our refreshment table. Parking is limited so car pool if you can.

Mount Bernard, the home of our hosts, Donald and Maria Becker, was built c. 1850 on an earlier foundation. The house had been known previously as Lightfoot’s Beaverdam Plantation and Kameschatka before changing to Mount Bernard in the 1850’s. The main house was enlarged in the 1920’s by Robert Winship Woodruff, President of Coca-Cola. He also changed the front to reflect the Classical Revival design that was popular at the time. The home was next owned by T. Brady Saunders, President of Miller Manufacturing who also left his imprint on the home with side and rear additions.

Before the lecture, the new Board of Directors will be voted on and new officers selected. This is a members meeting so if you would like to attend, please join the society and we will see you at the meeting!


Goochland County Historical Society partnering with Second Union (Rosenwald) School presents speaker John Quarstein who will discuss his book, Nat Tuner’s Rebellion and its effects on Southampton County, Virginia. John is a highly regarded historian, speaker and tour guide from the Hampton Roads area. He has written numerous books on the Civil War and is very active in PBS production.


The Goochland Historical Society is pleased to announce the gift of a large photo collection of a prominent mid-20th century local photographer, Jane Quinn Saunders, who passed away in 2005. The gift was made by her sister, Ann Lee Saunders Brown.

“We are thrilled to add the wonderful “Photograph Collection of Jane Saunders” to our archives” stated Scott Johnson, President. Scott added “The collection is large, and will become a treasured archive in interpreting and celebrating Goochland’s great history. We can’t wait to reveal and celebrate Ms. Saunders’ images with our community.”

Jane Quinn Saunders (1916-2005), moved from her home in the Ginter Park section of Richmond to Tuckahoe Point Farm in eastern Goochland in the mid-1930’s, where she remained until her death in 2005. Jane focused on photography as a hobby, and fortunately documented and preserved the collection. Her collection spans the 2nd half of the 20th century. Her devotion to Goochland County helped shape the subject matter of her photography. She was active in the Goochland Garden Club and St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, where she served as a Sunday school teacher during WWII. She loved farm life, and was active in the Virginia Cattlemen’s Association.

Upon her passing in 2005, Jane left her large photograph collection with her sister, Ann Lee Saunders Brown. Mrs. Brown donated this collection, on behalf of her sister, to the Goochland Historical Society. The collection of slides and prints was presented in 12 cases. A large number of images involve Virginia wild flowers, inspired by her involvement with the Garden Club of Virginia. Other significant topics of her collection include farm life, historic homes of Goochland and a mid-1950’s archive of the first major film screening conducted at Tuckahoe Plantation.


Fall Society Meeting

Please join us for our Fall Meeting at Goochland Baptist Church. We are pleased to have Alexander Barnes as our speaker. He will discuss America’s involvement in WWI. Afterwards the Society will conduct a wreath-laying on the graves of three WWI soldiers who are buried in the church cemetery. 

Mr. Barnes was born in Niagara Falls, New York, and grew up in an Air Force family. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1974 and then joined the Army National Guard in 1977, retiring as a Virginia Army National Guard chief warrant officer in 2004. He retired from US Army at Fort Lee in July 2015 after 30 years of service as an Army Civilian. He has a master’s degree in Anthropology and authored “In a Strange Land: The American Occupation of Germany 1918-1923,” “Let’s Go! The History of 29th Infantry Division,” and “To Hell with the Kaiser: America Prepares for War,” a two-volume set describing America’s entry into WWI. He is currently serving as the Command Historian for the Virginia National Guard.


From Richmond, take Rt 64 West to the Rockville-Manakin exit (173).At the light, turn left onto Ashland Road.At the light, take a right onto Broad Street.Then take a right onto Manakin Road.Go about 2 and a quarter miles. The church is on the left.

For more information you can call Goochland County Historical Society, Wednesday through Friday at 804-556-3966 or email 

Canal History Walk

Did you know a canal ran the length of Goochland County 150 years ago?

It’s true - the James River and Kanawha Canal went from Richmond to Lynchburg and on to Buchanan, Virginia along the James River. Come and hear a 30-minute free presentation on whose idea it was to build a canal (you might be surprised to find out who), when the canal was built, how it was built, the kinds of traffic that went up and down the canal past Goochland, what it was like to ride on the canal, when and why the canal ceased operation, and what took place. On Saturday, September 30th, at 2:00 pm, at 555 Lee Road (Route 628 - the last house on the road), the presentation will take place beside a still-existing short portion of the canal. You may park right beside where the presentation will take place. Come out and hear about one of the factors that shaped Goochland County into the place it is today! Please let us know if you plan to attend at 804-556-3966 or at!


Behind the Scenes: Field Day of the Past

​On Wednesday, September 13 at 5:30 p.m., we will be hosting a behind the scenes tour of the Field Day of the Past grounds as it gets ready for the annual Fall event. Show grounds are located off I-64 at the intersection of Route 623 (Ashland Road) and Route 622, Goochland County, Virginia. Please let us know if you plan to attend: 556-3966 or at

Herb and Plant History Walk 2017

​Join Eve Baronhotz at Reynolds Community College for a talk on the historic uses of herbs and other plants. From medicinal use, dye properties to food and household uses, learn some fun facts about our friendly plants! Starts at 10 am on Saturday, September 23 in the College gardens. Please let us know if you plan to attend: 556-3966 or at

Luck Stone History Walk 2017

​For $2.00, you can catch the bus at the Goochland YMCA on Friday, September 1 at 12:30 and take a tour of Luck Stone. This event was so successful last year, we are bringing it back for an encore! Please let us know if you plan to attend as space is extremely limited: 556-3966 or at

World War I gallery is up!

​Head over to our Gallery to see a sampling of a few of the pictures of World War I service men and women in our collection!

WWI and WWII Scanning Event



            Field Day of the Past and the Goochland Historical Society are teaming up to commemorate the involvement of the United States in World War I and World War II. Both the Historical Society and Field Day will be organizing displays and exhibits remembering America’s presence in the World Wars during the annual Field Day event, scheduled for Sept. 15-19.

             As part of this commemoration, Goochland Historical Society and Field Day of the Past are hosting a two-day preservation session, inviting those who have photographs from both war eras to bring their pictures to the Field Day show grounds so they can be scanned and preserved. These sessions are scheduled for Friday, August 18th from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, August 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will retain their original copies but will need to sign permission slips for future use of the images by the non-profit organizations for educational purposes. Photographs can potentially be used in exhibits during the event as well as for any future exhibitions. There will be no charge for this service.

 Participants are also invited to bring other artifacts – letters, flags, posters, clothing, military items, etc. which they may consider putting out on short term loan to either or both organizations.

The Field Day of the Past showgrounds are located at 1741 Ashland Rd. (Rt. 623). The photographic sessions will be conducted in the church on the grounds.

For more information contact the Goochland Historical Society at 804-556-3966 or email or Field Day of the Past at 804-908-1412, email or visit the websites at and

Yard Sale - May 20, 2017

​May 20, 2017 yard sale 8 am - 12 pm at the society building, 2875 River Road, Goochland.

Open Hours Starting January 11, 2017

​We are resuming our normal hours starting January 11, 2017. This includes Wednesday to Friday 10 am - 3 pm and the second Saturday of each month, 10 am - 3 pm.

Office Closing - December 24

​We will close for the holidays on December 24, 2016 and reopen on January 11, 2017. We wish you Happy Holidays.

The Annual Snowflake Sale!

December 10th will be the date for this years Annual Snowflake sale. The event will be from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Society office. Keep in mind that all items will be 10% off. It’s a great time to get some holiday shopping done!

Annual Meeting Poorhouse Farm

The Annual Meeting of the Historical Society will be held December 4, 2016 at the historic Poorhouse Farm. The location is 2835 Poorhouse Rd., Goochland, VA 23063. The meeting begins at 3:00 p.m.

2017 Calendars are here!

The 2017 Vintage Goochland Calendar has arrived! This beautiful calendar is full of vintage pictures of some of Goochland’s old homes. Get yours today! $10.00 each.

We will be closed September 16, 2016

The office of the Society will be closed on Friday, September 16, 2016. If you would like to visit with us that day, we will be in the Rocketts Precinct building at Field Day of the Past. Come see us!

Old Stone Jail Ribbon Cutting

The Board of Directors of the Goochland County Historical Society requests the honor of your presence at the

Ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Old Stone Jail


Sunday, September 11, 2016

3:00 pm in the afternoon

Refreshments will be served.

New Saturday hours

​We are pleased to announce that we are now open on the second Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. We are hoping that this will become a very popular addition to our schedule as it allows visitors who work during the week a time to come in and do research or purchase items from our gift shop. We hope to see you soon!

Saturday Opening - August 13

​We will be open on Saturday, August 13th from 10am to 3pm for you to conduct family research, purchase gift shop items, or to bring in historic Goochland photographs to be scanned. We hope to see you then!

Y History Walk - Luck Stone Quarry

The Goochland Family YMCA and the Goochland Historical Society are excited to invite you to the third Y History walking tour of 2016 on Friday, July 22, 2016. Discover history and educational facts on a guided tour of the Luck Stone Quarry Operation, Manakin Boscobel Facility. Luck Stone is one of the largest family owned and operated producers of crushed stone,sand and gravel in the nation. Register by calling the YMCA at 556 9887. Registration is a first come, first serve basis. Space is limited. Meet at the Goochland YMCA at 12:30 pm. Bus transportation will be provided by the Goochland Family YMCA. The tour will last an hour and half. No strenuous walking. Event will take place rain or shine. Admission is free.

Under Every Tree - Book launch

Finally there comes along a true guide to finding primary genealogy resources in Virginia! This little book will dispel the burden of where one should go first: a courthouse, library, or historical society. It provides detailed driving, and parking directions to the most helpful resources in each locality and a suggested visit-here-first for each county in the Commonwealth. The reader will also find valuable suggestions for places to visit in each county. Pack Under Every Tree with your essential research materials. Put it in the glove compartment of your car and head out.

Purchase online in our gift shop or from

Y History Walkers - Tucker Park

Join historical Chuck Peple at 3:00 pm, April 23, 2016, at Tucker Park at Maidens Crossing, for the Y History

Walkers Tour, sponsored by the Goochland County Historical Society and the Goochland YMCA. Walk and learn about the historical elements of the Tucker Park site and how it shaped Virginia’s early commerce history.

Book Launch - Kill Jeff Davis

​You are invited!

When: Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Where: Hebron Presbyterian Church: 1040 Shallow Well Road, Manakin-Sabot, VA 23103

The Goochland County Historical Society (GCHS) will host the premier book launch of Kill Jeff Davis: The Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid on Richmond in 1864 by Dr. Bruce Venter, author, noted historian and a member of the Board of the GCHS.

We are delighted to invite you to this event and encourage you to bring a friend. The lecture is open to the public. Following the lecture, books will be available for purchase and Dr. Venter will be happy to personally sign your book.

Winter Office Schedule

​We will be close December 25, 2015 and will reopen on February 2, 2016.

History Walk - November 29

​Join us on November 29 at 3 PM for a behind the scenes tour of the Bethlehem Walk located at Salem Baptist Church, 465 Broad Street Road, Manakin, VA 23103. The rough terrain is not suitable for wheel chairs.

2017 Historical Society Calendar Contest

We are pleased to announce a new contest! The Goochland

County Historical Society is inviting local photographers to submit their photographs

as part of the 2017 Historical Society Calendar Contest! The theme for the 2017

calendar will be “Scenic Goochland”. The contest is open to everyone. From the

entries we receive, a minimum of 14 photographs will be chosen. Entries will be

evaluated based on appeal, content and photographic skill.


All entries must be postmarked by May 15, 2016

Print the contest rules and entry form and get started!

Snowflake Sale - November 21

​2nd Annual Snowflake Sale will be on November 21 from 1 - 4 PM at the Society Office. Please join us to purchase great holiday gifts.

Courthouse Green Restoration


Please join the Goochland Historical Society for the public launch of the Goochland County Courthouse Green Restoration Promise on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 3:00 PM on the Goochland Courthouse Lawn. Guest Speaker: Gibson Worsham, Architectural Historian. You can read more about this project in the ‘About Us’ tab.

Women’s Roles During the Civil War

Ms. Christy S. Coleman
Ms. Christy S. Coleman

​Join us Sunday, September 27, 2015 for a lecture by Ms Christy S. Coleman, Co-CEO of the American Civil War Museum. She will be speaking on Women’s Roles During the Civil War.

Christy S. Coleman began her career as living history interpreter at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Over the course of a ten year career, she had increasing levels of responsibility finally serving as Director of Historic Programs. In 1999, she was named President and CEO of the nation’s largest African-American museum, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History in Detroit, MI. largest African American  museum, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African  American History in Detroit, MI.

In 2008, Ms. Coleman was named President and CEO of the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar. Today, She serves as Co-CEO of the American Civil War Museum, a new museum that combined the Center at Tredegar with the Museum of the Confederacy.

She has lectured extensively and consulted with some of the country’s leading museums, written a number of scholarly and public history articles as well as being an award winning screenwriter for educational television. Her work Freedom Bound won an Emmy in 2009 for Outstanding Educational Programming for Colonial Williamsburg Productions.


2016 Calendar is here!

The 2016 calendar is now in stock! This years calendar features vintage photographs from the Historical Society collection. Come in and pick up a copy in our gift shop or order online. Quantities are limited so get your copy today. $10.00 each.​


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