Louisa County Historical Society

Events & Exhibits
Special exhibit from the Society's collection of historic cook ware
PROGRAMS  AND CLASSES AT THE HERITAGE  FARM

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

Behind the Scenes at the Museum
Identifying and Examining New Items for the Collection
Saturday, January 16th.  10-noon.
Join Dr. Thomas P. Myers, Director Emeritus of the State Museum of Nebraska and former National Park Service staff member Bud Dulaney as they examine a recently donated collection of Civil War bullets and artifacts, glass ware, metal ware and Native People points.  Learn what they look for, how they catalog items and ask them any questions you might have about best storage practices and materials.  Free.   We’ll have coffee and something sweet.  You bring your questions and they might even look at a few of your artifacts, too!

Frederick Douglass
Sunday, January 31st.  2:00 p.m. at the  Louisa Arts Center
Nathan Richardson of Suffolk, Virginia, portrays reformer, writer and statesman Frederick Douglass in this powerful performance.  After escaping from slavery, Douglass became a leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining fame for his dazzling oratory and as a living counter-example to slaveholder’s argument that slaves lacked intellectual capability equal to their own.  All tickets $10 at the door.

Traditional Broom Making
Thursday, February 18th, 1-4 pm
Learn Broom Making the old-fashioned way! Participants will learn the basics for several style brooms and walk away with your own foot spool & needle to use at home and a finished broom!   Taught in the 1790 era Michie House.  Snow date make up Feb 25th.  $18 per person.  ​Register through Louisa County Parks and Recreation ( 540-967-4420 ). 

Heritage Baskets
Tuesday, March 8th 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 ​Register through Louisa County Parks and Recreation ( 540-967-4420 ). 

Herbal Soaps, Lip Balms and  Scrubs.
Thursday, March 10th, 10-noon 
Local crafter Dody Kundreskas will lead a series of hands-on demonstrations of various soap making methods.  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.  $18 ​Register through Louisa County Parks and Recreation ( 540-967-4420 ). 

Old Photograph Day
Saturday, March 19th  10am to 1 pm.
Do you have old photographs of Louisa County places or people you would be willing to let the Society scan for our archives?  If so...and if they were taken around or before World War II, please bring them today and our staff will scan the images and return your original on the spot!  Your pictures may prove to be very valuable to future researchers and historians. 

Hearth Cooking:  Late Winter Feast in Colonial Virginia
Tuesday, March 22, 10-4
Spring was the time to eat from pork smoked in early winter and a cellar filled with root crops and apples.  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 R​egister through Louisa County Parks and Recreation ( 540-967-4420 ). 

Genealogy 101
Saturday, April 2 from 10-noon at the Louisa County Public Library
If you would like to start your family research or just need a fresh boost to begin where you left off, join Elaine Taylor for this session.  Online resources will be highlighted in the presentation and suggestions for how to get started.  Free.

Colonial Hearth Cooking
Saturday, April 9th,  10-4
Spring was the time to enjoy the first fresh vegetables of the season.    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   ​Register through Louisa County Parks and Recreation ( 540-967-4420 ). 

 1781- Revolutionary War Comes to Louisa County
Sunday, April 10th 2:00 p.m.
Dr. John Maass, military historian with the United States Army, has recently published “The Road to Yorktown: Jefferson, Lafayette and the Invasion of Virginia.”  Louisa County, including our own Jack Jouett, feature prominently in the story.  But, so does the Queen’s Rangers and the infamous Captain John Simcoe.  Don’t miss this exciting presentation.  Free.

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
info@louisacountyhistoricalsociety.org