Nelson County Historical Society


Welcome to the Nelson County Historical Society




Oakland Museum 
Oakland Museum will reopen Saturday, July 10 and will resume regular operational hours:
Wednesdays: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Light refreshments and tours will be available during the Grand Re-opening.  Come see all the new exhibits developed over the past year! For a quick tour, see Oakland Museum.
Appointments for visits with the archivist and to do research in the archives are still required and available on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00-4:00 p.m. 
To make an appointment to visit the archives:
  • Send your request for information to or leave a message at Oakland - 434-263-8400.
  • Messages should be received at least one week prior to the requested date to visit. You will receive an email confirmation that information to assist with your inquiry is located in our holdings and the date and time of your appointment from the staff.
  • It is important to give as much information as possible about your inquiry so that we may assemble the files for review.  Access to society files at the Nelson Memorial Library is restricted until the library reopens at an yet to be determined date.
  • Social distancing and masks are required while in the building.
  • You may want to search our online archives records (members-only feature) to identify records of potential interest prior to your visit.
  • Files are public record, so they may be photocopied, scanned, or photographed. Copies are $.10/page.
  • There is no charge for appointments, but donations are appreciated to help defray operating costs.
Special Thanks to our Business Sponsors!

More Books Available for Online Sales

A History of Nelson County as Compiled by the Home Demonstration Clubs 1964-65—a compilation of information gathered by the ladies of the county Home Demonstration Clubs about their communities, including history, homes, churches and other items.   $10.50

Remembering Roseland  - Family and Friends During the Great Depression (James Hight –2010) - includes schools, churches and families: Harvey, Whitehead, Giles, Stratton, Hight, and others in the Roseland area $20.00 

Samuel Spencer of Virginia—Descendants and Related Families by Spencer Winn Wilkinson (2001)- a 400 page documented genealogy history of the Spencer family including Beck, Bibb, Burnett, Graves, Mills, Purvis and others $21.00


See the Museum Store to Purchase on the left column


We welcome feedback from our members as we strive to continue to add content to the website.  Fueled by the energy of several volunteers, the donation of their time made this information possible.  We sincerely thank our volunteers for their selfless devotion. 
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Coming Events
July 18
“Lucy Ann Jackson’s Journey from Enslaved to America’s Oldest Living Voter--An Enduring Legacy”
Presentation by Roger Glass. Enslaved in Nelson County until after the Civil War, Lucy Ann Jackson lived to be more than 100 years old. Initially ...
August 21
“Down the Backroads with Lynn Coffey”
Conversation with Lynn Coffey, author of Backroads series, followed by author’s book signing. Co-sponsored with The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen and made possible by a ...
September 19
"Monacan Millenium"
Presentation by Jeff Hantman, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, University of Virginia.  
October 10
"W. Horsley Gantt, MD: A Man for All Reasons"
Presentation by Andrew Gantt.
November 7
"The Rushes of Chestnut Grove: One Family's Journey From Slavery to Freedom"
Presentation by Regina Rush.

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