Nelson County Historical Society


Due to the current pandemic situation, Oakland museum is closed until further notice. All Nelson County Historical Society programs and meetings are postponed until further notice. Please continue to enjoy our website in the interim.
Welcome to the Nelson County Historical Society!


We encourage you to take advantage of the MEMBERS ONLY searchable features created by painstaking volunteers to provide you with the very best historical information on Nelson County families and places.


We invite you to join NCHS for a very reasonable fee of $15 for individuals/organizations or $20 for families or to make a donation to help us continue our work in preserving Nelson County's rich history.





Cemeteries of Nelson County, Virginia

The Nelson County Historical Society is planning to update and republish a new edition of their book Cemeteries of Nelson County, VirginiaThe publication is currently at the printers and we will announce its availability soon!





Commemorating Camille - Never Forget

available at Oakland museum, online, or at the Nelson County Visitor Center









Jimmy Fortune & Friends

"We Won't Forget You"

DVD and

The DVD is available for purchase online or at the Oakland museum.

The Album is available for immediate download at


* Sales proceeds go toward the enhancement of the Camille exhibit at Oakland.



Member Search Capability

  • A searchable listing of the Society's archival holdings at the Nelson Memorial Library and at the Oakland Museum can be found under Society Archives.
  • In some instances, digitized photographs may also be available through the online catalog.  We hope to increase these digitized offerings in the future.
  • Digitized images of several newspapers in the days after Hurricane Camille (August 19-20, 1969) are included under Hurricane Camille.
  • Oral histories and videos are also included under Hurricane Camille.
  • A "Google-based" search engine for searching across the website is also included.  Note: this search engine does not search the archives catalog.  A separate search engine is located with the catalog for searching.
  • All previously published issues of the Nelson County Historical Society's newsletter are also included under Member Login.
  • Research Resources includes listings of the folders held at the Nelson Memorial Library for churches, communities, families, homes, mills, and post offices.
  • Research Resources also includes a listing of links to outside sources with information on Nelson County's history and families.



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
April 4
Opening of Oakland Museum for 2020 - POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Oakland Museum will open for the 2020 season with an enhanced exhibit on Hurricane Camille including our all NEW Camille television channel.  This will also ...
April 5
Dr. W. Horsley Gantt, M.D.: A man for all reasons! - POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Dr. W. Horsley Gantt, M.D.:  A man for all reasons!  
May 16
Family Bible scanning
Bring your family bibles and let us scan them while you wait.  A great way to share your family's history with others who are researching ...
June 14
Lucy Ann Jackson: Nelson County Slave and Nation's Oldest Voter
Enslaved in Nelson County until after the Civil War, Lucy Ann Jackson lived to be more than 100 years old.  Initially enslaved on the county’s Rhodes ...

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