Louisa County Historical Society

Events & Exhibits

(214 Fredericksburg Ave, Louisa)

World War I Battle in the Skies
Sunday, January 8th 2:00
Between their formation in 1912 and their amalgamation into the Royal Air Force in 1918, the Royal Flying Corps played a vital role as the eyes of the British Army during the First World War. Initially having to pay for their own training at the start of the war at the height of social class conflict, becoming a pilot was easily attainable by only the elite. But, as the war went on and times were desperate, more pilots came from the lower classes. Studying one of the most famous squadrons of the war, 56 Squadron, you get an intimate glimpse at what went on in the Mess Halls, on furloughs, and on the aerodrome when men from all walks of life were forced to work together under a single cause. Join returning presenter Abby Whitlock for this sure to please presentation. Free at the Sargeant Museum.

The Life and Career of John Mercer Langston
Saturday, February 18th 10:30-noon
As a result of helping put together the stories for Old Home Places of Louisa County Revisited, author Linda Salisbury became interested in writing a fresh life history of this important African-American leader born in Louisa County. Sharing his alma mater, Linda wrote a very engaging fresh narrative and will have copies of her book available for purchase after her presentation on the highlights of this fascinating story. Free at the Sargeant Museum.


Saturday, February 25, 2017
Appraisal Fair Fundraiser for Louisa County Historical Society. Featuring appraisers from PBS’ Antiques Roadshow! Held in collaboration with Quinn’s Auction Galleries near Zion’s Crossroads.


All classes meet at the Heritage Farm behind the museum at 214 Fredericksburg Ave in Louisa.

Hearth Cooking- "Old Christmas Twelfth Night Feast"
Thursday, January 6th, from 10-4
​​Based on Martha Washington's cookbook, this session focuses on the way Christmas was celebrated in the 18th C. (with visits to friends culminating in a feast on the Eve of Epiphany.) Cook and enjoy eating an entire Christmas season meal prepared in the historic Michie House under the instruction of the Hearth Cooking Guild from the Louisa County Historical Society. Age 17 & up. Some advanced cooking techniques will be used. ​ $25​

Historic Food and Herbs for Keeping Good Health
Friday, February 3rd (10th snow alternate) 6-8 pm
Call for Reservations but pay at the door!
Join the Louisa Herb Guild for an exciting dinner lecture. A dinner social will start the evening followed by a lecture by Krista Rahm of Forrest Green Farm who is a noted lecturer on herbs and their use. She will lead participants in taking a look into some of the traditional foods and herbs that were used by Native Americans, Colonists and early Appalachian healers to keep people healthy. These were the foods and herbs that were easily found in the southern landscape and through wise traditions were handed down from generation to generation to enhance health and promote healing. Dinner to start at 6 to soon be followed by the lecture. $15 per person or $25 per couple.

Hearth Cooking- Fine Virginia Cuisine
Friday February 17th 10-4
Drawing from the early Virginia cookbooks, those attending this session at the hearth will create and enjoy eating some of the finest Virginia fare: Beef with stuffing and smothered with gravy, baked apples filled with pudding, seasonal vegetables and a yummy dessert. Wear long pants and tie shoes. Age 17 and up. $25

Hearth Cooking: Early Spring Feast
Saturday, March 18th 10-4
Spring was the time to eat pork smoked in early winter, root crops from the cellar, and the first greens of spring. Learn to prepare period recipes with traditional hearth cooking methods. Enjoy eating the entire meal prepared in the historic Michie House under the instruction of The Hearth Cooking Guild from the Louisa County Historical Society. Age 17 & up. $25

Genealogy Research
Friday, April 7th 10am-Noon

If you are just starting in your family history search, or have grown rusty or discouraged, come get a fresh burst of energy with new online resources to explore. We’ll cover the online records in Louisa, how to find them in the courthouse, and resources for looking in other states. Free but registration is requested. Session held at the Sargeant Museum of Louisa County History. Feel free to bring a lunch and stay to work online after the class.

History on the Road!

April 8th, 2017
Bus tour of Tarleton's Charlottesville Raid  led by military historian Dr. John Maass, author of Road to Yorktown.  The tour details are here: http://www.cwea.net/programs/1704-american-revolution-banastre-tarleton%E2%80%99s-charlottesville-raid-field-tour   The tour company president, Bob Maher, has enthusiastically agreed to discount the tour from $150 per person to $95 per person for all LCHS members. To contact Bob about the discount rate and how to have LCHS get the discount rate when they "check out" on CWEA page, you can reach him at 800-298-1861.

Did You Miss the Bus? 

Our bus trip to the new Smithsonian Museum of African-American Life and Culture filled up and several people were not able to join us for the trip in October.  We will go again in early May.  To place your name on the list to be notified when we start taking reservations in the new year,  email (louisahistory@verizon.net) or call the museum.


As we grow, we need more Volunteers...
and We Want YOU!

We have a good time and make good friends through our shared interests in history. Volunteer one 3 hour shift per month in the museum (and there is archive and research work to do between visitors or you can just bring a good book.)

Monthly Programs are made possible by a grant from the
W. Earle & Phyllis Collins Crank Memorial Endowment.

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Louisa County Historical Society • P.O. Box 1172 • Louisa, Virginia 23093 • 540-967-5975