HOURS: The Family HIstory and Research Center at The Old Jail is closed for the winter. It will reopen Monday, March 5, 2018 .
Contact LaVonne,the historian, at, to arrange a visit during this time or for research questions.

The Historical Society

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



Phone: 804-510-3826

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.


We are now collecting dues for 2018
NKHS Membership


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

Upcoming Events:


The next general meeting of the Society will be held Sunday, March 11, 2018 in the 1909 HIstoric Courthouse. After refreshments beginning at 2:00, Helen C. Rountree will be the guest speaker. Her topic will be "When they say they're Indians, believe them."
Meeting Info

Bus Tour of New Kent:

Join us for a tour of Historic New Kent Saturday, March 24, 2018. Cost - $35.
Tour Info

NKHS Museum:

The Museum, housed in the historic 2-room schoolhouse at 11740 New Kent Highway, is closed for the winter, and will reopen Saturday, March 3, 2018. Contact for appointments during this time. There are exhibits of farm equipment, toys and household items from the 1930s and 40s, and the Green vs the Board of Education case. Admission is free.

Photos Wanted:

The Society is seeking historic family photos and documents to add to its collection for research and display. If you have photos or documents you are willing to share, we will scan them while you wait and you will take the orginals with you. Bring the photos to the Old Jail at 12007 Courthouse Way, New Kent any Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or to the Museum any Saturday from 10:00 to 2:00.