Nelson County Historical Society
Virginia Humanities announces grants to support 
humanities programming
...And the Nelson County Historical Society got $3,000 to create a digital archive of interviews, diaries, photographs, and other materials that have been collected for publication of “Backroads,” a journal that has documented rural life in the county or 40 years.  There will be a public lecture with the journal’s long-time editor.
NEW! Checkout the newest addition to our website: Lynn Coffey's BACKROADS!
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.




Due to the current pandemic situation, Oakland museum is closed until further notice. All Nelson County Historical Society programs and meetings are also cancelled. We will endeavor to reschedule them ata future time. Please continue to enjoy our website in the interim.



Cemeteries of Nelson County, Virginia 2020


New edition released!


Order online or by mail


P.O Box 484

Lovingston, VA 22949

Cost: $30 + $7.00 S&H

(Va residents: $1.96 Sales Tax will be added at checkout on PayPal)




For sale outside at Oakland 

10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. 

June 27, July 1, and July 4

$32.00 (cash or check only)



Click here for a list of cemeteries.







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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