Louisa County Historical Society

Events & Exhibits

If It Takes a Hundred Years:
The Journey of Women and African Americans Toward Equal Rights
in Louisa County, Virginia, 1865-1970

Join us on Sunday, September 14th at 3:00 pm
See the Newsletter for details!


The Louisa County Historical Society is partnering with Backyard Revolution, founded by Adrienne Young-Ramsey, to present a series of 6 workshops and programs inspired by the practical skills and wisdom of our Colonial and Indigenous Ancestors. They explore cultural traditions and functional abilities, once second nature to the vast majority of people, yet now in danger of being all but forgotten. Come to one or come to all! All programs will be held at the Heritage Farm behind the Sargeant Museum, 214 Fredericksburg Avenue in Louisa. Workshops have registration fees thru Parks and Rec. 967-4420 Demonstrations are free to the public. All ages welcome.

‘These Were the Colors’
Saturday, August 23rd, 10am-1pm
Join us on a botanically inspired journey from field to frock as we learn how to work with flowers, vegetables, bark and roots to recreate the steadfast colors and breathtaking hues of a pre-Industrial age palette. Fee $13

Early American Tools; construction and repair
Saturday, September 27th, 10-noon
Please join this engaging hands-on conversation that will examine how tools and their upkeep, handle repair, boring and sharpening, were once familiar tasks on the farm. All ages. Free.

Archery and Arrowsmithing
Saturday, October 11th, 10-1pm
In this workshop you will make a hand fletched Arrow, in addition to learning about the history of this ancient skill and how to develop technique, co-ordination, and true aim. Fee $13.

Brain Tanning
Saturday, November 15th, 10-noon
As winter approached, a crucial concern was food preservation. In historical cultures, every part of the animal was used, including the precious hides. In this hands on demonstration, visitors will witness the process of softening hides into Buckskin. Free.

The Gold Mines of Louisa County
Sunday, November 2nd, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
The Louisa Arts Center
In the 1830s Louisa County was one of the richest gold mining counties in the United States. Learn from Mining expert Mr. Michael Dunn the who, when, where, what and why...and how...the gold mines in Louisa County functioned from the 1830 to the 1920s. Presentation includes photos of sites and mining equipment. Mr. Dunn is the authority on mines in our area and will be available to answer questions at the reception in the Sargeant Museum following our meeting. This lecture is free, open to the public and will be the center point of the Louisa County Historical Society's Annual Meeting, which will briefly precede the presentation.

Traditions and Yuletide Lore of Colonial Christmas Past
Saturday, December 6th, 10-noon
Ever wonder what a Yule Log is? Or what the 12 Days of Christmas were really all about? Join Adrienne Young-Ramsey for this festive program and explore and participate in the almost forgotten traditions and rituals of Christmas celebrations in Early America. Colonial refreshments be served.

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


Hearth Cooking Classes at the Michie House
Book now...they fill fast! Call Louisa County Parks and Recreation at 967-4420 to register.
Fee $20. Ages 17 and up.

Hearth Cooking- What did Southerners eat during the American Civil War?
Tuesday, October 21st from 10-4.

Learn what they ate and how they cooked with no electric ovens or microwaves. Discover for yourself as you cook and enjoy eating an entire meal prepared in the historic Michie House under the instruction of The Hearth Cooking Guild from the Louisa County Historical Society. Original 1850-1860 recipes and techniques used with focus on foods available on the home front during the war years. No prior experience required.

Hearth Cooking: Eating High on the Hog in Colonial Virginia
Saturday, November 8th from 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.

A Colonial Christmas Feast! Tuesday, December 9th 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.

Other Events at the Sargeant Museum

Family History Research
Tuesday, January 13th 1-3 pm
Winter is the ideal time to stay indoors and discover ancestors and the context of their lives you have never explored before . This session will cover how to begin, where to look online, how to organize your information and even ideas for making small gifts from what you learn with other family members. No charge but reservations are requested. Call or email the museum for this class at 967-5975 or louisahistory@verizon.net

Mark your Calendar for the 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.


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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