Nelson County Historical Society


Welcome to the Nelson County Historical Society

Recording of presentation by Dr. Andrew Gantt on 10 Oct 2021 now available for viewing. Note: The first portion of the presentation was not recorded. Click on photo above to begin viewing.

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.
NEW BOOK! 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.
Groups welcome by appointment or during regular hours.
Wednesdays: 1:00-4:00 p.m. [Archivist available]
Saturdays: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Other times available by appointment: Click here to submit request.

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
November 3
Piedmont Area Preservation Alliance Virtual Gathering
Preservation Piedmont is excited to invite you to our virtual PAPA meeting on November 3, 2021 starting at 6:30pm. Hosted by Preservation Piedmont, this webinar will feature brief updates ...
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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