HOURS: The Old Jail, located at 12007 Courthouse Circle in New Kent, is closed for the winter, and will reopen Monday, March 9, 2015.
Contact LaVonne, "The Jailor", at, to arrange a visit or for research questions.

Cumberland Festival 2014
Festival Report

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

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.


We are now collecting dues for 2015
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 1, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. in the 1909 Courthouse. The guest speaker wil be Kevin Scott McPhail, the historian in the New Kent County Clerk's Office. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Cumberland Festival 2015:

The 2015 Cumberland Festival, depicting life in New Kent during the Civil War, will be held October 17th - 18th. Contact Martha at for information or to volunteer.

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 .