Welcome to the MuseumHistory buffs will find a wealth of information at the Middlesex County Museum. It opened in 1935, making it the first county museum of its kind in Virginia. An old country store and General "Chesty" Puller memorabilia are prominent features, and the gift shop includes books on local history written by local authors. With county records dating back to the 1600s, family histories can be traced back through several generations. The museum is located on General Puller Highway near the courthouse in the historic, rural county seat of Saluda. The neighboring annex building houses a new exhibit, The History of Education in Middlesex County , and the lovely and serene Puller Park is just across the street.
‘Search for African-American Cemeteries’
to be Black History Month topic in Middlesex
(Courtesy of the Southside Sentinel) A Black History Month program will be held Saturday, February 8, at 11 a.m. at the Historic Middlesex County Courthouse on General Puller Highway in Saluda. William and Mary anthropologist Michael Blakey will talk about his “Remembering Slavery, Resistance and Freedom Project” (the Remembering Project) and its search for historic African-American cemeteries throughout Virginia. David Brown, archeologist and co-director of the Gloucester- based Fairfield Foundation, will describe the cemetery component of the foundation’s work in the Middle Peninsula. The Remembering Project was established to engage the community of African descendants throughout Virginia to develop memorial programs for the Civil War Sesquicentennial that honor the rich and complex lives, histories, contributions, innovations, and sacrifices of enslaved Africans and African-Americans. One of the primary ways the project is memorializing the contributions of individuals of African descendants in Virginia is by identifying the cemeteries of the people who were enslaved. The project recognizes the deep significance of burials in remembering the contributions Africans and African-Americans to Virginia and the nation as a whole. The Remembering Project is developing a database of known cemetery sites. “Do plan to attend this program to learn more about this exciting project and to make sure that your family and community cemeteries are included in the database,” said a Middlesex County Museum spokesperson. Dr. Michael Blakey is the director of the Institute for Historical Biology at the College of William and Mary. He is a physical anthropologist known for analysis and interpretation of the important evidence uncovered at the 1991 African Burial Ground in Manhattan. Dr. Blakey set the precedent and is world renowned for his scholarly work on this project. In 2012, he was recognized for his contributions as one of the Library of Virginia African- American Trailblazers. The February 8 program is free to the public and is cosponsored by the Middlesex Museum and Historical Society and the Middle Peninsula African-American Genealogical and Historical Society. For more information, call 804- 758-5163.
A History of the First Ordered Courthouse in Middlesex County
"Signatures in Time; A Living History of Middlesex County Virginia" Now On Sale
On Sunday, December 16 from 2-3:30 PM Larry Chowning, Claudia & Archie Soucek and Pat DePina authors of the new book, "Signatures In Time; A Living History of Middlesex County, Virginia" will be available in the Historic Court House to answer questions the public may have concerning the writing of the book. Copies of the book will be available for sale.
In addition, books can be purchased at the Woodward Building in Saluda at 877 General Puller Hwy or you may send a check for $50 plus $6 shipping and handling to PO Box 428, Saluda, VA 23149 and the county will mail you a copy.
Middlesex Museum Advisory Board
The 2014-2016 Middlesex Museum Advisory Board members are:
|Marilyn South||Larry Chowning||Kevin Gentry|
|Claudia Soucek||Raynell Smith||Barbara Lovelace|
|Mary Helen Morgan||Diane Gravatt||Joan Gosier|
|Bob Montague||Pattie Sobieski||Holly Horton (Non-Voting)|
|Christen Ingram (Non-Voting)|