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 Opens September 1st: The Lusitania and Sights of England

2nd Annual Heritage Day
Saturday, April 25th
The W. S. Hancock Society from Pennsylvania will be camping in and around the Michie House. Led by retired National Park Service staff member Bruce Stocking, the event will transport visitors to our heritage farm back to 1820 in Virginia.

What’s on display in the Purcell Exhibit Room?

Sunday, August 9th 2:00 pm
Celebrating the Silver Screen - Join LaVahn Hoh as he discusses the Golden Age of the silver screen in America: the movie theaters in towns and cities, large and small, across the nation in the mid-20th Century.  This companion discussion to the exhibit which is now open in the Purcell Exhibit Room at the museum featuring Louisa’s own Talley’s Theater on Main Street.  Bring your memories and a friend!  Event will be held at the Louisa Arts Center with reception in the museum.

Enjoying Historic Herbs;
Tuesday August 4th, 10 to noon. -
Join the Louisa Historic Herb Guild as we welcome Krista Rahm of Forrest Green Farm as she shares with lots many ways to enjoy the late summer harvest of historic herbs and plan to return Thursday, August 20th from 10-noon to MAKE HERB VINEGARS in the museum kitchen. You bring the bottles and your favorite 5% vinegars and we’ll have labels and pretty pens and lots of herbs! These will be nicely mellowed by the holidays!

 Dr. Lynn Rainville
Mobilizing and Memorializing: Virginia's Role in World War I  
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.

To register for classes with a fee, please call (540-967-4420) or go online http://lcpr.info/ to register through Louisa County Parks and Recreation

Thursday, August 20th 10-noon Herbal Vinegars
Learn to make herb vinegars in the museum kitchen. You bring the bottl4s and your favorite 5% acidity vinegars and we’ll have the labels and pretty pens and lots of herbs. These will be nicely mellowed by the holidays and make excellent gifts. No charge

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.

Thursday, October 15, 10-noon Herbal Soaps, Lip Balms and Scrubs.
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

Tuesday, November 10th, 10-4 Heritage Baskets
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. Cost $35

Saturday, November 14th 10-4Hearth Cooking: Eating High on the Hog in Colonial Virginia
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. $25

Thursday, November 19th 10-noon Historic Herbal Foods for the Holidays
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! $15

Tuesday, December 1st 10 to 1 WREATH MAKING CLASS
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. 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.

A Colonial Christmas Feast! Thursday, Dec 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 an memorable holiday experience. No experience required. $25

Saturday, December 12th, 10-noon. Children’s Christmas Crafts
Join 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.

Tuesday, January 5th, from 10-4 Hearth Cooking- "Old Christmas Twelfth Night Feast"
​​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. Some advanced cooking techniques will be used. ​ $25



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