Nelson County Historical Society


Welcome to the Nelson County Historical Society



The presentation by Dr. Jeff Hantman, "Monacan Indian Nation: The Past and the New Millenium" is now available for viewing (click on the title) for those unable to participate in the Zoom presentation September 19.  The presentation will be available until September 27. After that date the video will be accessible by society members after logging into the Member Portal.
  • There will be YARD SALE to benefit the society on October 2 at Oakland Museum from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  Anyone wishing to donate items to the society for the sale should drop them off at Oakland Museum in the garage next to the museum between September 20 and September 30.  No clothing or shoes please. The yard sale is being held the same day as the Nelson United Methodist Church yard sale next door.
  • NEW COLLECTION! The society website now has a database of obituaries available for searching with obituaries from 2011-2021 from the Nelson County Times. Volunteers are working diligently to add the Willoughby collection of obituaries to the database. The addition of this collection will provide the society with a database from approximately August 1969 to the present of obituaries. This is a members-only feature.  Members can search by surname for an obituary.  The database includes name, date of death, and where applicable and available, maiden names and birth year. The full obituary can be accessed in the society's collection at Nelson Memorial Library.

A History of the Churches in the Piedmont Baptist Association of Virginia, Rose K. Bruner, editor, is now available for purchase. The book, a reprint of the 1976 edition published by the Piedmont Baptist Association, was originally published as part of the Bicentennial (1976) celebration.  No changes have been made to the book aside from a new cover.  Click here to order by mail. A limited number of copies are also available at Oakland Museum for purchase.

Oakland Museum has resumed normal operating hours
Wednesdays: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
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!

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
October 2
Yard Sale
There will be YARD SALE to benefit the society on October 2 at Oakland Museum from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  Anyone wishing to donate items to the society ...
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.
March 12
Spring 2022: "Virginia Tour of Crossroads: Change in Rural America"
Information on the venues and educational resources

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