Nelson County Historical Society
The Nelson County Historical Society promotes the research and preservation of Nelson County's history through a wide array of projects and programs. Included among these are the following:
  • Historical programs for members and the community on a monthly basis March-November of each year.
  • Guided tours of Oakland Museum on Saturdays and Wednesday afternoon and by appointment.
  • Work with the Nelson County schools on projects related to Nelson County's history including internships for interested students, tours of historical locations, and the development and integration with teachers of Nelson County's history into the school curriculum.
  • Bi-annual historic homes and property tours 
  • Publication of quarterly newsletters
  • Archiving and preservation of family and local history files and historic memorabilia at Oakland and the Nelson Memorial LIbrary.
  • Operation of the Oakland Museum store with book and merchandise related to the history of Nelson County 
  • website with content on the Society, Nelson County's history, and Oakland Museum.  Members-only content includes access to a database of the Society's holdings, and in some cases, additional digitized information.
  • Volunteers respond to genealogy and other research requests related to Nelson County based on the Society's holdings.
  • Presentation of an award each recognizing the restoration and preservation of an historical Nelson County property.
  • Renovation and long-range planning for the Oakland Museum and exhibits.
The mission of the Nelson County Historical Society is to create and promote an interest in historical education and research leading to the preservation of artifacts, documents, and written records relevant to the history of Nelson County; and the authentication, preservation and the acquisition, as feasible, of historical sites and structures in Nelson County.
Donations to Nelson County Historical Society
Nelson County Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) organization. Any donations to the Society are tax-deductible for income tax purposes.
Privacy Policy
The Nelson County Historical Society (NCHS) respects your privacy.  Any personal information you provide to us including and similar to your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address will not be released, sold, or rented to any entities or individuals outside of NCHS.

Operating Year: April 2024 - March 2025

President: Heather Riser
Vice-President: Elizabeth Wilbur
Secretary: Jeannette Kinde
Treasurer: Becky Howard
At-Large Member: D. Christian Giles
Board Members
2021-2024: Grace Mawyer
2021-2024: Becky Howard
2021-2024: Fred Wilbur
2021-2024: Heather Riser
2021-2024: Elizabeth Wilbur
2021-2024: Jeannette Kinde
2022-2025: Susan Gardner
2022-2025: Heywood Greenberg
2023-2026: Chris Kane Baker
2023-2026: D. Christian Giles
2023-2026: Bar Delk
2023-2026: Dick R. Whitehead
2023-2026: Rachel Deddens
Building and Grounds: Fred Wilbur
Collections and Exhibits: Elizabeth Wilbur
Docents and Education: Susan Gardner
Finance: Becky Howard
Historic Preservation: William A. Wright
Membership and Volunteers: Chris Kane Baker
Planning and Development: Susan Gardner
Programs and Events: Rachel Deddens
Publications: Vacant
Publicity: D. Christian Giles
Research and Inquiries: Becky Howard
Archivist: Rachel Deddens
Volunteer Coordinator: Jeannette Kinde
Webmaster: Patricia E. Wright

Meeting Info

The Nelson County Historical Society Board meets on the third Wednesday of each month at the Oakland Museum beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The Society's Annual Meeting is usually held in March of each year.