The Amelia County Historical Society this week announced that its 2019 art show fund-raiser will begin on Saturday, May 11, which is also Amelia Day, the county’s annual founders’ day celebration.  For the first time, the Society invites Nottoway County artists to display and/or sell their artworks.  Also unprecedentedly, the Society will combine its weeklong show of visual arts with floral exhibits of the Amelia County Garden Club.  The exhibition will be held in the Amelia County Administration Building at 16360 Dunn Street, Amelia Court House.

The non-profit Historical Society seeks to present local works of interest and significance, including paintings, drawings, photography, graphic design, print-making, handiworks, sculptures, display artifacts, and other static visual art.  The group encourages artists’ sales, and asks for one-fifth of any sales price.  Artworks must be the original creations of the artist (or if a study or copy of another’s work, must be so-indicated), dry, mounted or framed for hanging or otherwise suitable for ready display, and delivered and retrieved within specified timeframes.  An artist may display up to six works.  The show will not involve a competition or specified theme this year.  Other rules also apply.

Amelia and Nottoway artists interested in participating in the 2019 Amelia Art and Flower Show are encouraged to notify the Society as soon as possible at (804) 561-3180, First Vice President Karen Arrington at 561-5419, or President Michael Whitaker at 561-1711 for complete information.  The Society’s email is: ameliahistoricalsociety@tds.net. Only Amelia County Garden Club members may participate in the floral displays, the best entries of which will be shown with the visual artworks.

The show will run from May 11-18, open daily from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, except Sunday, May 12 (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm) and the final day (9:00 am – noon; retrieval of works 12:30 – 5:00 pm).  The Amelia historical and garden organizations will host an opening night reception for their group members and  artists on Friday, May 10, 2019, beginning at 6:00 pm in the County Administration Building’s conference room. 

The mission of the Amelia County Historical Society is to research, acquire, preserve, and publicly display or disseminate important information, documentation, and artifacts pertaining to Amelia County’s civic, literary, architectural, and natural histories.  Its Jackson Memorial Library & Museum, opened each Monday and Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, is located in the village of Amelia at 16501 Church Street.


Art Show Date Change

The Amelia County Historical Society wants to alert you to a change in our schedule for our annualArtShow. We have revised our calendar and will now hold the Art Show in conjunction with the Amelia Day Celebration on May 11, 2019.  Our program will follow existing guidelines, with the reception on Friday night, May 10, for Society members and the participating artists. Subsequently, the Art Show will be open to the public beginning Saturday, May 11, and run through the next Saturday, May 18. A more detailed schedule will be published later.  We will also be in the same location as last year—the Conference Room of the County’s Administration Building, 16360 Dunn Street. 


OPEN HOUSE  - Saturday, September 15, 2018

The Amelia County Historical Society invites patrons of county history and the general public to attend its Saturday, September 15, 2018, open house in commemoration of the group’s sixtieth anniversary.  The event, which will occur from 1-3 p.m. at the Jackson Building at 16501 Court Street in the Court House village, will feature county artifacts and memorabilia on hand from the period since the Society’s 1958 inception, as well as guides knowledgeable in the museum’s exhibits.  Among these are Civil War, World War I/II, and Amelia veterans displays, county rocks and minerals, Native American artifacts, medical instruments, and other showcased items of local civic history.  Visitors and guest may also find maps, books, collections, posters, and other documentation of interest.  The Society will serve light refreshments.

The Amelia County Historical Society, whose founder and organizer was Amelia native Henry Edmund Jackson, had its genesis with the court order of Judge J. Garland Jefferson, Jr., recorded on June 9, 1958, in County Court Order Book No. 13.  The order set out the enduring mission of the society for the citizens of of Amelia County and authorized a shelf for historical artifacts and documents in the County Clerk’s Office for its purposes.  Originally called the “Jefferson Historical Collection,” the organization’s name was changed to the Amelia Historical Collection at the Judge Jefferson’s request.  Later name iterations included “Amelia Historical Society” and today’s appellation, as the Society grew into its present, expanded location..

The mission of the Amelia County Historical Society is to “discover, procure, and preserve,” significant data and artifacts pertaining to the county’s architectural, civic, literary, and natural histories, and “to use this material to serve the people of Amelia County in study and research” (quotations from the original).  The Society is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation led by a Board of Directors. It also contributes to other public service activities for the betterment of the Amelia community. 

Persons desiring to attend the open-house are encouraged to RSVP at (804) 561-3180, or email at no later than September 10th.  The Society is open on Mondays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.




2.   Historic Namozine Church

Historical Namozine Church Service, Sunday April 29th, 3:00pm, at Namozine/Mill Quarter intersection (Rts. 708/622), Episcopal Rev. Malone presiding. Presented by Amelia County Historical Society. Public invited."





















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