Temporary closure of Castlewood doesn’t affect CHSV activities

The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia (CHSV) headquarters and research library in historic Castlewood, located at 10201 Iron Bridge Rd. is closed for internal and external restoration.  The Historical Society continues its operations for members, volunteers, and community.  

“While the restoration is in progress, the Society and the County are looking for a space to relocate more permanently than the Community Development Building which will be our location for a while,” said Tra Wagenknecht,  president for the Society. “We are currently looking at old Trinity church for our ‘home away from home.’

She said, stay tuned….  “Our telephone number is the same and the website is active,” said Wagenknecht.

While this temporary move may be inconvenient, it is necessary to allow the restoration of Castlewood to proceed in good order.  “Hopefully, we will have practically a new home for CHSV once it is completed.”

“It is uncertain how long Castlewood will be closed,” said Diane Dallmeyer, executive director.  “This restoration work is part of a comprehensive Capital Improvement Project that is planned in stages. The recent discovery of lead dust moves the timetable up a bit, but vacuuming of inside materials is being done and we are able to continue operations from the Community Development building.”

Ms. Dallmeyer said Federal guidelines come into play when environmental issues come to light and of course the county wants to be in compliance with those guidelines.” See www.chesterfieldhistory.com for information on the Historical Society.

Antiques evaluation workshop
The Historical Society will present their 5th Antiques Evaluation Workshop on Saturday, April 13,  from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Providence Elementary School, 11001 Providence Rd., North Chesterfield. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Chesterfield Historical Society.

Heirloom plants for sale
CHSV, in cooperation with the Department of Parks and Recreation, will host its Annual Heirloom Tomato Plant Sale at the Chesterfield County Museum on Friday, April 19 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and during the “Celebration of the Vine” wine festival on Saturday, April 20 from 11 a.m. to 4p.m. (admission to the wine festival is required to access the Museum on Saturday). The sale will continue April 23, 24, and 25 from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. while supplies last.

Heirloom tomatoes are colorful, flavorful treasures whose seeds are passed down from generation to generation.  More than 30 varieties of mouth-watering heirloom tomatoes will be on sale including Black Krim, Cherokee Purple, Mortgage Lifter and Persimmon. Basil, peppers and other heirloom plants will also be available. Tomato plants are $2/each or 3/$5 paid by cash or check only.

For information on plant varieties and availability, call the County Museum at 768-7311. The Museum is located at 6813 Mimms Loop in the County government complex.

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