Louisa County Historical Society

Events & Exhibits

(214 Fredericksburg Ave, Louisa)

Prisoners of History:
Pocahontas and American Indian Women
in Cultural Context

Sunday, November 5th at 2:00 p.m. at the Louisa Arts Center.

The Louisa County Historical Society is pleased to welcome Dr. Karenne Wood, who will give the lecture at our 2017 Annual Meeting. In March of this year, Karenne Wood, Director of Virginia Indian Programs at Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, delivered the keynote lecture at a conference in London marking the 400th anniversary of the death of Pocahontas. The conference was organized by the Institute for Historical Research at the University of London and was supported by the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture, The British Library, and The University of Warwick.

Her lecture, Prisoners of History: Pocahontas and American Indian Women in Cultural Context, explores two very different stories of American women, Pocahontas and Mary Jemison. We are pleased to welcome her to Louisa. Her presentation November 5th will include readings from her poetry. Light refreshments to follow the presentation.

Colonial Feasts at the Hearth

The First Feast of Fall Thursday, October 26th 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The warmth of the fire, smells of roasting tenderloin, the tastes you may remember from grandmother’s kitchen described by her as “an old family recipe”. Those are just the sensory rewards of joining the Louisa County Hearth Cooking Guild for an adventure in hearth cooking at the Heritage Farm. Participants have the satisfaction of preparing the entire meal as our forefathers did over an open hearth. Seasonal meats and vegetables whet the appetite for scrumptious desserts. Class size is limited to 10 so everyone has plenty to do and plenty to eat!

Registration for each of the following events is through Louisa County Parks and Recreation at 540-967-4420 or online. Age 18 and up. Wear long pants and good shoes and come anticipating a memorable day with friends, old and new. $25 per person.

The Official Dedication and Opening of the Restored Trevilians Schoolhouse
will take place at the schoolhouse following the program.

The Harvest is in and the Meat is in the Smokehouse -
Saturday, November 18th 10 a.m. to 4 p.m
Fall was the season of fresh pork, a cellar filled with root crops and time to prepare some special sweets for a family meal. 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

A Colonial Christmas Feast
Tuesday, December 5th 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Christmas was then, as it is now, a time to gather with friends to eat the finest meats, sweets and fresh fall vegetables around a table warmed by a crackling fire. Roast pork loin served with chutney, a variety of vegetables, fresh bread, fall greens, preserves, fresh churned butter and plum pudding with hard sauce will be our fare. Bring a friend or family member for an memorable holiday experience as you prepare and eat. Age 17 & up. No experience required. $25

“Old Christmas Twelfth Night”
Friday, January 5th 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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

Wreath Making Class
Saturday, December 2rd - Repeated Thursday, December 7th
What is prettier on your front door at Christmas than a wreath made of natural greenery trimmed with holiday-themed ribbon and decorations? A 12-inch straw frame, florist pins and boxwood, as well as other greens, will be provided. Participants need to bring clippers, work gloves, a small hammer (optional) and any adornments such as ribbon (3 yards minimum for a bow). Bring a bag lunch/drink and relax around the fireplace in the Sargeant Museum’s Michie House as you make your wreath. Taught by Maren Smith and friends. Class size is limited to 8 participants and is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $25 and each participant will take home a completed wreath


Family Days at the Heritage Farm
  for all ages 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Free to the public.   No reservations are required.

Saturday, 09/09 – Family Day at the Heritage Farm “Ready for School”
                Hands-on history with learning and fun for all ages! Before the Trevilians School House was built in 1880, local families paid a teacher to come educate their children in a rural setting. The Michie House was used as one of these rural schools in the 1830s. Learn the 3 R’s and participate in activities such as writing with a quill and ink, chalkboard, and sewing a sampler

Saturday, 10/21– Family Day at the Heritage Farm  “Homesteading”
                Hands-on history with learning and fun for all ages! Life on a farm in the fall meant preparing for winter.  Learn about harvest feasts, the origin and use of scarecrows, and the evolution of the tradition we now know as Halloween.  Activities include open hearth cooking, building a scarecrow for our garden, and participating in household chores including making a mattress. 

Saturday, 11/14 – Family Day at the Heritage Farm  “Colonial Thanksgiving”
                Hands-on history with learning and fun for all ages! Established in 1742, early settlers of Louisa County came from many different cultures. Learn about the English, Scottish, Irish, German, Huguenot, and African traditions they brought with them and how they assimilated with each other and the Native Americans. Activities include trade and barter, making corn husk dolls and open hearth cooking.    

Saturday, 12/09 – Family Day at the Heritage Farm “Winter Traditions on the Frontier”
                Hands-on history with learning and fun for all ages! Winter on an 18th Century farm provided time for cozy family gatherings and holiday traditions by the fireplace.  Learn about the various cultural influences and homemade gifts.  Activities include making paper ornaments, rag dolls and open hearth cooking
The Frugal Farmstead
Experience “a day in the life” at the Heritage Farm.  Using tips from 19th Century literature such as The Virginia Housewife, costumed interpreters engage visitors in performing daily life skills using tools and techniques of the late 18th Century. Seasonal activities may include sewing, spinning, weaving, gardening, cooking, laundry and other household chores. The Frugal Farmstead program is held at Heritage Farm, at 214 Fredericksburg Ave., Louisa.  These FREE programs follow an open-house setting from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m

Friday, 09/15 Frugal Farmstead 10:00-1:00
Friday, 10/20 Frugal Farmstead 10:00-1:00
Friday, 11/17 Frugal Farmstead 10:00-1:00
Friday, 12/15 Frugal Farmstead 10:00-1:00


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