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.


Oakland Museum is closed for the season but will reopen in early March

Located at 5365 Thomas Nelson Hwy, Arrington, Virginia 22922

While we are closed, appointments can be made for groups to visit. Email 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:

Beth Massie Goodwin's Talk at Oakland Museum November 4, 2023
Beth Massie Goodwin's talk about her personal history drew an overflow crowd to Oakland Museum, Sunday, Nov. 4. Beth talks about her sister's narrow escape from death, her father, Capt. Billy Massie, his early life, and the famous store and mill he ran in the Tyro-Massies Mill community. She also talks about her school years at Fleetwood High School, her fall off a bridge into the Tye River and her rescue by her sister, how she met her husband J.W Goodwin at a dance in the Quonset hut in Lovingston, and her years at Jefferson National Bank in Lovingston.
She also describes her family's experience during Hurricane Camille.


Statue Unveiling Ceremony in YouTube


Incredible walking tour of Lovingston has been moved to

About Nelson County


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
March 3
Nelson County Historical Society Annual Meeting
Election of Officers and Board Members Program speaker is Fred Wilbur whose subject will be the recent publication by the Society, The Nelson County ...
March 6
Oakland Museum reopens for spring
New exhibits throughout the museum will include a display of Nelson County Garden Club items. A docent will be on hand for tours of Oakland.
March 23
Rhythms of Yesterday and Today: Unveiling of Delores Truesdale exhibit panel and video
Truesdale family and students who sang at the Tribute Event on Sept 17, 2023 are invited. Open to the public. Jimmy Fortune will be in
March 30
Rhythms of Yesterday and Today: Unveiling of Joe Madison exhibit panel and video
Tribute to Joe Madison, guitar teacher. Members of the Madison family and Joe's students will attend. Open to the public. Followed by a tribute at ...
April 27
Nelson County Historical Society Homes and Properties Tour
The properties open for visting are Red Hill Estate, Old Church in Lovingston, Fortune’s Cove House, and Oakland Museum. More information will be available in ...

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