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July 2014 NKHS Newsletter


HOURS: The Old Jail, located at 12007 Courthouse Circle in New Kent, is open Mondays 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. (except holidays).
Contact LaVonne, "The Jailor", at, to arrange a visit at other times or for research questions.

VETERANS:We are working on a second edition of a book on New Kent Veterans. Please help us with any information you have - Veteran Info

History Lands at Cumberland Plantation

This event will be held October 11 and 12, 2014 on the grounds of Cumberland Plantation to celebrate our Colonial and Revolutionary heritage. It is still in the planning stage, but the event will include exhibits of the period, a military encampment,ships, food and entertainment. Costumed interpreters will be on site to help visitors understand the role of all who lived in eastern Virginia at the time. We will need many volunteers! If you are willing to help in any way, please contact Martha at
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The Historical Society

The New Kent Historical Society
PO Box 24
New Kent, VA 23124


Phone: 804-966-8587

The New Kent Historical Society, based in the Old Jail at 12007 Courthouse Circle, collects, preserves and disseminates information relating to history, antiquities and literature of New Kent County, Virginia. It is organized for historic and educational purposes, and as a resource to the public, to include birth, marriage and death notices starting from the 1600s.

Called Meeting

The Society will hold a special called meeting Sunday, August 24,2014 at 2:30 p.m. at the Old Courthouse to vote on a revision to the by-laws and to elect a board of directors.

Announcement and By-Laws

Roll of Honor

The Society will sponsor an event honoring all New Kent veterans November 8, 2014 at Corinth Baptist Church. Please help by sending names and pictures of veterans from New Kent.


NKHS Museum


In January the Society voted to purchase the Martha Dandridge Woman's Club building which was originally a two room school house built in 1870, and then create a museum to preserve the history of our county. We have so far raised enough to make the $10,000 down payment in March. The remaining $50,000 will be due in March 2015. Please send your donations (tax deductable) to:
New Kent Historical Society
P.O. Box 24
New Kent, VA 23124 .


We are now collecting dues for 2014
Membership Form


Visit our Bookstore and Museum at the Old Jail.
All items in the bookstore are also available by mail.
Bookstore Items