Louisa County Historical Society

Events & Exhibits

Scenes from our
2nd Annual Heritage Day - Saturday, April 25th, 2015 9am -4pm


Classes at the Michie House
Book now...they fill fast! Call Louisa County Parks and Recreation at 967-4420 to register.

Other Events at the Sargeant Museum

New Temporary Exhibit Opened September 1st: The Lusitania and Sights of England

Preserving the Harvest of Herbs
Thursday, September 17th, 10-noon.

Want to enjoy the flavor of homegrown herbs all winter long? Join herb enthusiast Pat Willis as she conducts a hands-on class demonstrating a variety of traditional ways you can preserve your harvest. You will go home with some samples from the Heritage Farm herb garden. $10. Workshop at the Heritage Farm. Register through Parks and Rec at 540-967-4420.

 Mobilizing and Memorializing: Virginia's Role in World War I  
Dr. Lynn Rainville
Sunday, September 20th at 2:00 pm
Virginia and Virginians played a surprisingly large role in The Great War. Over 100,000 Virginians were drafted and 1000s lost their lives from combat, disease, and training accidents. In this illustrated lecture, I discuss the efforts of women and men on the home front prior to America's entry into the war, follow in the footsteps of dozens of Virginians fighting in France (including Louisa County soldiers), and study the memorials that were created in the Commonwealth to honor the sacrifices of these soldiers.

Special One-Day Exhibit of Antique Children's Chairs & Chair Making and Repair Demonstration
Saturday, October 3rd, 10-noon
Master Chairmaker Sean "Purl" Samoheyl and chair collector John Long will be with us for this special day. John, long time member of the Society, and a fine array of antique children’s chairs will be inside the the Sargeant Museum for this one day only exhibit. Do you have a chair that needs mending? Or maybe just a little help preserving its character? Join Sean in the Michie House as he discusses various solutions to repairing and mending antique chairs of various styles. Depending on the construction and vintage, chairs often employed adhesives easily reversed and reapplied. Some chairs can have simple fixes that don't require special tools or training.

Herbal Soaps, Lip Balms and Scrubs.
Thursday, October 15, 10-noon
Local crafter Dody Kundreskas will lead a series of hands-on demonstrations. Add your own herbs, flowers, and natural fragrances to homemade personal care products! You’ll leave class with a sample size take home of each product that you’ve made yourself. $15

“I am Here to Represent the Gentle People of the Great County of Louisa”
Sunday, November 1st 2:00 p.m.
Chris Peterson
Between 1776 and 1901, 8 statewide conventions were convened and held which would have dramatic and lasting impacts on Virginia, on Virginians and on the Nation. Who were the men who represented Louisa? Where did they live; what did they do? Please join us for the lecture, our Annual Meeting at The Louisa Arts Center and refreshments to follow in the museum.

Heritage Baskets
Tuesday, November 10th, 10-4
Under the guidance of award-winning basket makers, Maren Smith and Pat Wilson, you will make and take home a beautiful heritage market basket. You'll learn the basics and also how to creatively embellish baskets with leather, shells, etc. Age 12 and up. Bring your own flat bladed heavy shears and lunch. $35 Workshop at the Heritage Farm. Register through Parks and Rec at 540-967-4420.

Hearth Cooking: Eating High on the Hog in Colonial Virginia
Saturday, November 14th 10-4
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. A prior class in basic hearth cooking helpful but not required. Age 17 & up. $25 Class at the Heritage Farm. Register through Parks and Rec at 540-967-4420.

Celtic Harpist Eve Watters
Sunday, November 15th 2:00 P.M.
Please mark your calendars for the return of Celtic Harpist Eve Watters. The selections for Eve’s concert of Celtic music will showcase tunes and styles that expressed the early American experience and helped shape its soul. Funded, in part, by the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Tickets (at the door only) $12 or $20 per couple with the proceeds funding programs and outreach of the Louisa County Historical Society in 2016.

Historic Herbal Foods for the Holidays
Thursday, November 19th 10-noon
Pat Willis will be teaching us some of her favorite historic recipes using fresh and preserved herbs. You’ll be sure to leave inspired to add some of theses dishes to your holiday menu! Workshop at the Heritage Farm. $15. Register through Parks and Rec at 540-967-4420.

Wreath Making Class
Tuesday, December 1st 10 to 1
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. 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. Workshop at the Heritage Farm. Register through Parks and Rec at 540-967-4420.

Hearth Cooking: A Colonial Christmas Feast!
Thursday, December 3rd from 10-4
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 a memorable holiday experience as you prepare and eat. Age 17 & up. No experience required. $25 Class at the Heritage Farm. Register through Parks and Rec at 540-967-4420.

  Children’s Christmas Crafts
Saturday, December 12th, 10-noon.
Join Miss Dodie and the herb guild members in a morning session of crafts and activities celebrating a colonial American holiday season. For children ages 5-12, accompanied by an adult. $15 per child or 2 for $25. Workshop at the Heritage Farm. Register through Parks and Rec at 540-967-4420.

Hearth Cooking- "Old Christmas Twelfth Night Feast"
Tuesday, January 5th, 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. Class at the Heritage Farm. Register through Parks and Rec at 540-967-4420.



Walking Tour of the Town of Louisa
The Trevilian Station Battlefield Tour

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.   Here are some ways we need you and hope one might interest you:
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.)

Powerful mapping project for history!
Learn to use ArcGIS and help us geo-locate historic sites, homes, rivers, etc. on historic maps overlaid on modern imagery.  Stay cutting edge (and yet it is not hard if you are comfortable with a computer) 

Do you like to garden and learn about historic plants and herbal medicines?  We’re forming a new Heritage Farm Herb Guild (and making a take home craft!)on

Can you help with genealogy research?
Come to either of the classes listed on page 5 for a refresher!

And, we like to go on field trips together:

Join us on Friday, April 10th as we car pool to Appomattox National Battlefield Park (and take a tour of the new Museum of the Confederacy) for the 150th Commemoration of the Surrender, stacking of arms, special living history demos and picnic lunch.

Have you visited lately?

It's continually being expanded, and now includes material abut a wide range
of fascinating subjects from early magazines! Click on the title....


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