Louisa County Historical Society

Events & Exhibits
Special exhibit from the Society's collection of historic cook ware

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

Join us on Thursday, October 20th, 2016 for a bus trip to the brand new
National Museum of African American History and Culture

About the NMAAHC


A Railroader’s View of Louisa County’s Railroad History
Sunday, October 9th at 2:00
The Louisa Arts Center
The unique history of the Louisa Railroad, the formation of the Virginia Central Railroad, and the development of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad will be the topic of a presentation by Bob Harvey, a locomotive engineer for many years. He had also taught history and was assigned by his union to represent locomotive engineers on rail safety in Washington, D.C. He has spent the last ten years living in Louisa County and, as many railroaders find, could not get the lure of the train horn out of his system.

A companion exhibit of railroad artifacts, including the telegraph key and sounder from the Mineral Depot, will be displayed at the Purcell Room of the Sargeant Museum.

Memoir Writing Workshop
Saturday, October 29 1:00-4:00 pm
At the Sargeant Museum
Memoir writing workshop led by local author and poet, Joan Mazza. We will write from prompts and some will share (optional) with other participants. At the end of this workshop, you will have several writing starts that you can continue to revise and enlarge on your own. www.joanmazza.com.

Annual Membership Meeting
and Open House at the Sargeant Museum and Heritage Farm
Sunday, November 6th 2:00-4:00
This year we will follow our annual meeting with an open house in the Sargeant Museum and the Heritage Farm. Join us for the meeting, seasonal refreshments and desserts both in the museum and in front of a warm fire in the Michie House. We will also introduce our latest online digital online work, including maps, in the Purcell Research Room. Plan to come and stay for the afternoon.

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


Heritage Baskets
Thursday, October 13th 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

Hearth Cooking:
Eating High on the Hog in Colonial Virginia
Saturday, November 12th 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

 Hearth Cooking: A Colonial Christmas Feast!
Thursday, December 1st 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 an memorable holiday experience as you prepare and eat. Age 17 & up. No experience required. $25

Wreath Making Class (OFFERED TWICE THIS YEAR!)
Saturday, December 3rd from 10 to 1 and repeated Thursday, December 8th from 10-1
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.

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​

Now on Display in the Purcell Exhibit Room

Prisoner in North Korea- The Tommy Hadder Story
Tommy Hadder was born in Louisa and was sent by the U.S. Army into the complicated fray known as the Korean War. Within a month of his arrival there, he was captured by the North Koreans and spent over two years as a prisoner of war in the infamous North Korean Prison Camp #5. Museum volunteer Willem Hacken has created an exhibit from letters and memorabilia recently donated to the Society by Tommy Hadder's friend and pastor, Todd McCoy. Included are photos of Hadder Motor Company on Main Street, Louisa. On exhibit until Fall 2016.


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