Nelson County Historical Society


The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is often referred to as Giving Tuesday.  This year, friends of the Society have offered a matching gift of $5000. For each donation to the Nelson County Historical Society before 1 January, they wil match up to $5000.  This is a great way to support the Society and matke your gift count double. To donate online click here. Donations can also be mailed to the society at
Nelson County Historical Society
P.O. Box 474
Lovingston, VA 22949
Holiday Book Sale and Book Signing
Oakland Museum will be open for visitors and a special book sale from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday December 4.
The following authors will be on-site from Noon until 2:00 p.m. to meet with visitors and sign books
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Windfall by Irene Hughes, a recently published novel, has the setting in rural Virginia, with many twists
and turns to capture your interest.

Bringing Our Family History To Life in the Old Winter Green Community of Nelson County, Virginia by
Wayne Drumheller and Gene Hughes captures the stories of the Winter Green area (near Nellysford) in
Southern Rockfish Valley. Other Rockfish Valley publications by these authors will be available for
purchase on December 4th .

BACKROADS by Lynn Coffey ($21.00 each) is a series of six books based on life in the Blue Ridge
Mountains, primarily in Nelson and Augusta Counties. A free copy of the DVD—Mountains Folks featuring over 90 photos of the mountain people will be included with the purchase of a BACKROADS book.
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.
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.
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
March 12
Spring 2022: "Virginia Tour of Crossroads: Change in Rural America"
Information on the venues and educational resources

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