Nelson County Historical Society
Welcome to the Nelson County Historical Society!

We invite you to join Nelson County Historical Society. Individual memberships are $25/year and family memberships are $40/year.


Make a donation to help us continue our work in preserving Nelson County's rich history.


Once you are a member, we encourage you to take advantage of searchable features to provide you with the very best historical information on Nelson County families and places.



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Oakland Museum is open for the season!

Open for visitors Wednesdays 1 pm - 4 pm & Saturdays 10 am - 4 pm.

Located at 5365 Thomas Nelson Hwy, Arrington, Virginia 22922

Other times - an appointment can be made by email to or call (434) 263-8400 and leave a message.  
Research help is available on Wednesdays from 1 pm - 3 pm at the Nelson Memorial Library
All inquiries for research may be sent to:


Click on the image for an incredible walking tour of Lovingston

Contributed by Carla Quenneville and Created by Jeff Smolinski 2023

The following organizations or businesses are sponsors of the Nelson County Historical Society.  We hope you will support them as they support the Society's mission.
Thanks to our 2023 Business Sponsors:

Coming Events
June 24
United States Colored Troops of the American Civil War
Jay Rarick will present a program on the United States Colored Troops (USCT) of the American Civil War. Mr. Morris Lockhard will be present ...
July 8
Bronze Statues of Two Famous Nelsonians Unveiled
Life-size bronze statues of Earl Hamner Jr., creator of “The Waltons,” and Jimmy Fortune, formerly of the Statler Brothers, will be unveiled at a ...
July 8
Concert to Honor Jimmy Fortune
SOLD OUT * SOLD OUT * SOLD OUT * SOLD OUT * SOLD OUT   A concert to honor Nelson County’s Jimmy Fortune, formerly ...

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