Prince George County Regional Heritage Center

Prince George County Regional Heritage Center The story of a County with fascinating history told with imaginative exhibits and interpretation. Whatever the interest, there is something to enjoy and learn with presentations that are carefully renewed and expanded on an ongoing basis.
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Current Featured Exhibit: "An Honored Place" , telling the story behind the names on the County's Wall of Honor.

Operating as usual

Plan a visit this weekend.  We were unable to do our annual event but have a very special exhibit opening.
05/27/2021

Plan a visit this weekend. We were unable to do our annual event but have a very special exhibit opening.

Plan a visit this weekend. We were unable to do our annual event but have a very special exhibit opening.

05/22/2021

This afternoon we learned of the death of George Fickett's wife, Mary. We didn't see Mary often as she had little ones at home but George has been a constant friend and support. All of us are deeply saddened for George and the children. We sincerely hope that knowing the many friends that are surrounding him at this time will offer comfort to all of the family.

Today we learned of the passing of one of our founding members and dear friend, Kenneth Figg.  He and his wife Ruth have...
05/13/2021

Today we learned of the passing of one of our founding members and dear friend, Kenneth Figg. He and his wife Ruth have supported the Heritage Center every step of the way . Although poor health had limited his visits recently, we will never forget his continuing love of this County and his vast knowledge of its history.

Today we learned of the passing of one of our founding members and dear friend, Kenneth Figg. He and his wife Ruth have supported the Heritage Center every step of the way . Although poor health had limited his visits recently, we will never forget his continuing love of this County and his vast knowledge of its history.

Easter artwork submitted by the Grible family of Richmond.  The children wanted to share their work . We look forward to...
04/04/2021

Easter artwork submitted by the Grible family of Richmond. The children wanted to share their work . We look forward to a visit as soon as the Museum is back up and running. They are especially interested in their Czech heritage so we know the Czech/Slovak Gallery will be first! Thank you for sharing!

Easter artwork submitted by the Grible family of Richmond. The children wanted to share their work . We look forward to a visit as soon as the Museum is back up and running. They are especially interested in their Czech heritage so we know the Czech/Slovak Gallery will be first! Thank you for sharing!

We Remember Kathy…It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Kathleen Montei, our dear friend and tireless wor...
01/24/2021

We Remember Kathy…
It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Kathleen Montei, our dear friend and tireless worker for the Heritage Center. Kathy and her husband Terry were members and supporters from the opening of the Center in 2008. Our sincerest sympathy is extended to Terry, daughter Amy, and son Mike. Kathy’s smile will be greatly missed in our midst. A memorial fund has been established by the Board of Directors to permanently remember her service.

We Remember Kathy…
It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Kathleen Montei, our dear friend and tireless worker for the Heritage Center. Kathy and her husband Terry were members and supporters from the opening of the Center in 2008. Our sincerest sympathy is extended to Terry, daughter Amy, and son Mike. Kathy’s smile will be greatly missed in our midst. A memorial fund has been established by the Board of Directors to permanently remember her service.

The Heritage Center Presents“Coloring for Christmas”The Heritage Center Presents“Coloring for Christmas”December 14, 202...
12/15/2020

The Heritage Center Presents

“Coloring for Christmas”
The Heritage Center Presents

“Coloring for Christmas”

December 14, 2020

Celebrate your heritage and history each week by coloring the picture. Send us a picture of your artwork and we will publish it on Facebook and the Center’s website. Please include your name so our web visitors will know who the artist is.
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This week we feature the Christmas Tree, a centerpiece for most family Christmas observances for many generations. In the early days, trees were nearly always freshly cut on the farms in the area. One of the early family traditions was going to cut the tree around Christmas Eve. Sometimes families walked, sometimes the farm wagon and horses did the job or in later times, the farm truck would be used to bring home the tree.

“Coloring for Christmas”December  2020Celebrate your heritage and history each week by coloring the picture.  Send us a ...
12/09/2020

“Coloring for Christmas”

December 2020

Celebrate your heritage and history each week by coloring the picture. Send us a picture of your artwork and we will publish it on Facebook and the Center’s website. Please include your name so our web visitors will know who the artist is.

This week we feature the Advent Wreath which is seen around the world as an important part of the countdown to Christmas. On the four Sundays prior to Christmas Day a candle is lit. It may also have a center candle which is lit on Christmas Day. A wreath such as this was fashioned from greens found on the farms around Prince George and was always a part of the Czech and Slovak preparation for the Christmas Season as well as in other homes and Churches.

06/30/2020

The Center remains closed through July 15, 2020. Meanwhile, we are working on new projects that will enhance the visitors experience and celebrate our wonderful County's heritage. We'll be back soon . 👍

05/26/2020

Garden tour: Tonight on PBS at 8:00 be sure to watch "Virginia Home Grown" for a tour of the garden at the home of Gil and Dave Young. Featuring native plants, this spectacular garden had been slated to be on the April Garden Week Tour that was canceled as Covid-19 struck.

05/22/2020
05/19/2020
Petersburg Region

We invite you to "visit" through this virtual tour of the exhibits at our Center without leaving your home! Community is everything at a time like this. If you are able, please support your local small businesses, local food banks, nonprofits, and cultural institutions during this time of uncertainty by shopping or donating online.

Look Back at the Prince George County Regional Heritage Center and Then Plan a Visit When the Center Reopens on June 15! The Center’s exhibits tell the fascinating story of the County’s history from prehistoric, through first inhabitants to 20th century immigration, and all of the wars that have touched its soils. African-American history, Czech and Slovak heritage, religions, education, many generations, all represented and presented in the Heritage Center state-of-the art exhibits and programs. Located in the 1883 courthouse, the old courtroom is also open to visitors. Visit www.BestPartVA.org or call 804-861-1666.

05/15/2020

Announcing: he Virginia Czech and Slovak Folklife Festival has been officially canceled for 2020 in light of the Covid-19 outbreak and its expected long-lasting effects. We look forward to a new year in 2021 and a renewed celebration of the wonderful heritage that the Festival has brought to us in past years. We are not sure what changes will be forthcoming as we deal with the "new normal" but we do know we look forward to the 2021 event on October 16. Thank you for your continued support as we work through all of this.

Curbside pick-up is available for Mother’s Day gifts from our gift shop! Shell Rings are $5 and the Garden Tool Set is $...
05/08/2020

Curbside pick-up is available for Mother’s Day gifts from our gift shop! Shell Rings are $5 and the Garden Tool Set is $21! Email [email protected] if interested! ✨💐


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Beautiful Mother’s Day gifts that are available for curbside pick-up! Just email PGHistory@aol.com 💐 Czech glass: $5-7Fl...
05/06/2020

Beautiful Mother’s Day gifts that are available for curbside pick-up! Just email [email protected] 💐
Czech glass: $5-7
Floral Pottery Vases: $10
Quilted Purses: $21 @ Prince George County Regional Heritage Center

Mother’s Day is right around the corner 🌷🌼💐 treat your mom to something nice from our gift shop! We are offering curbsid...
05/04/2020

Mother’s Day is right around the corner 🌷🌼💐 treat your mom to something nice from our gift shop! We are offering curbside pick up ✨ just email [email protected] ✨ @ Prince George County Regional Heritage Center

We miss you and we hope you all are staying safe and healthy. We hope we can all be together again soon ✨ if you can, su...
04/30/2020

We miss you and we hope you all are staying safe and healthy. We hope we can all be together again soon ✨ if you can, support your local small businesses, local food banks, nonprofits, and cultural institutions by shopping or donating online ❤️


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💡Local History Trivia💡Q: In the most recent fifty years of Prince George County history, can you name at least two major...
04/29/2020

💡Local History Trivia💡
Q: In the most recent fifty years of Prince George County history, can you name at least two major environmental efforts to make the County a better place in which to live?
A: James River clean-up after Kepone contamination Program establishing the eagle preserve along the James River.


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💡Local History Trivia💡Q: In the most recent fifty years of Prince George County history, can you name at least two major...
04/28/2020

💡Local History Trivia💡
Q: In the most recent fifty years of Prince George County history, can you name at least two major environmental efforts to make the County a better place in which to live?


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💡History Trivia💡Q:Can you name this object and what animal it belongs to?A: Pig Tooth••#princegeorge #history #naturalhi...
04/23/2020

💡History Trivia💡
Q:Can you name this object and what animal it belongs to?
A: Pig Tooth


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💡History Trivia💡Q: Can you name this object and what animal it belongs to?••#princegeorge #princegeorgeregionalheritagec...
04/21/2020

💡History Trivia💡
Q: Can you name this object and what animal it belongs to?


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04/20/2020

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💡History Trivia💡A Czech-Slovak trunk that came to Virginia by Franz Skalsky and his extended family, who left the port o...
04/19/2020

💡History Trivia💡
A Czech-Slovak trunk that came to Virginia by Franz Skalsky and his extended family, who left the port of Bremmen in Baltimore on April 30, 1896. The Skalsky’s came from Baltimore to Southside Virginia, where they farmed one year in Dinwiddie County and then purchased 264 acres in Prince George County. Today, descendants of Franz Skalsky still live on and maintain portions of this original farm.
Q: If you had a single trunk or suitcase, what would you take to your new home?


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💡History Trivia💡Q: Why in Prince George County are early deed books so valuable?A: Many books and records were destroyed...
04/18/2020

💡History Trivia💡
Q: Why in Prince George County are early deed books so valuable?

A: Many books and records were destroyed or lost in the Civil War. Deed books such as this contain invaluable genealogical as well as property records. The Heritage Center is fortunate that, in working with the County Clerk of Court, the first deed book is on display for the public to view and the information within it is available at the Clerk's Office.


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The oldest deed book in the County of Prince George, 1710-1714. A resident of Ohio found it in an attic and returned it ...
04/17/2020

The oldest deed book in the County of Prince George, 1710-1714. A resident of Ohio found it in an attic and returned it to Prince George. It is believed to have been taken by a soldier from the Union Army.
💡History Trivia💡
Q: Why in Prince George County are early deed books so valuable?


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💡History Trivia💡Q: When do you think the earliest forms of banking took place?A: The earliest record of banking goes bac...
04/16/2020

💡History Trivia💡
Q: When do you think the earliest forms of banking took place?

A: The earliest record of banking goes back to 4,000 years ago in ancient Mesopotamia. Similar to how banks work today, some of the first bankers kept gold and silver for people and would conduct loans.


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The cashier’s or teller’s cage was part of the original Bank furniture. It was through this window that the citizens of ...
04/15/2020

The cashier’s or teller’s cage was part of the original Bank furniture. It was through this window that the citizens of the Prince George area conducted their day to day bank business. There was no drive-thru window or electronic banking.
💡History Trivia💡
Q: Q: When do you think the earliest forms of banking took place?


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💡History Trivia💡Q: What do you think Native Americans used pottery for?A: Native Americans used pottery for various purp...
04/14/2020

💡History Trivia💡
Q: What do you think Native Americans used pottery for?
A: Native Americans used pottery for various purposes including cooking, to hold water, preserve food, to store grains, for art, and to sell.


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From Jordan’s Journey (Jordan Point): Westerwald stoneware sherd, a salt-glazed cobalt blue and gray, and a spoon bowl w...
04/13/2020

From Jordan’s Journey (Jordan Point): Westerwald stoneware sherd, a salt-glazed cobalt blue and gray, and a spoon bowl with fleur-de-lis pattern. Stoneware and bowl are on loan from the VA Department of Historic Resources and the Indian pottery sherd is from near Tay Bay on the James River. All are currently on display at Prince George County Regional Heritage Center.
💡History Trivia💡
Q: What do you think Native Americans used pottery for?


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It is believed that the Easter bunny first arrived to America by German immigrants in the 1700’s. They settled in Pennsy...
04/12/2020

It is believed that the Easter bunny first arrived to America by German immigrants in the 1700’s. They settled in Pennsylvania bringing over the tradition of “an egg-laying hare” called “Osterhase,” where children would make nests so the hare could lay it’s colored eggs. The tradition spread and evolved to include chocolate and other gifts. We hope you all have a safe and happy Easter!
*All items can be purchased from our gift shop online! Cute spring trinkets, beautiful Czech glass, and these fun paper mache eggs ✨🌷


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💡History Trivia Q&A💡
04/11/2020

💡History Trivia Q&A💡

💡History Trivia💡Q: Can you name this object?Hint: Clay fragments of an object that has been in use for over 300 years an...
04/10/2020

💡History Trivia💡
Q: Can you name this object?
Hint: Clay fragments of an object that has been in use for over 300 years and is thought to have originated in England in the 1500’s.


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💡 History Trivia Q&A! 💡Q: What organization was founded in 1909 that had as a mission the educational equality of all pe...
04/09/2020

💡 History Trivia Q&A! 💡
Q: What organization was founded in 1909 that had as a mission the educational equality of all people?
A: NAACP—The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

The Disputanta Training School was an early African American school founded in 1919 on Webb Street, which presently stan...
04/08/2020

The Disputanta Training School was an early African American school founded in 1919 on Webb Street, which presently stands at Route 460 in Prince George County. Built originally from rustic materials, African Americans were educated and provided valuable life skills here until J.E.J. Moore School was built. After 1956, the school became Bessie Mason Elementary School. School memorabilia and an original desk can be found at the Prince George Regional Heritage Center.
❓💡 History Trivia ❓💡
What organization was founded in 1909 that had as a
mission the educational equality of all people?


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💡 History Trivia Q&A 💡
04/07/2020

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NO VIRGINIA CZECH & SLOVAK FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL THIS YEAR, due to COVID-19. Some of us are sharing pics from past years, to bring back memories, and to remind everyone how important it is to remember and continue our Heritage. These are from the first year - 2013. ENJOY, and think about helping out when we do it again!
FALL 2020 Group Online Beginner's Czech Classes with CzechTalk! 3 NEW classes! Which time works best for YOU? Email for a Registration Form: [email protected] Thanks to our partners at: National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International Judy Baar Topinka Charitable Foundation Join us! Share, share, share
If you haven't done it already, don't forget to purchase this beautiful, bright red fire truck for your Christmas tree. They are made of Czech glass and the proceeds from the sale of the ornaments supports the Volunteer Fire and Emergency Crew Museum. Stop by the gift shop. They are only $17, so they are perfect gifts, too!
Exciting News - Czech Delegation visits the Heritage Center! Press Release: Immediate On October 22, coincidentally the 136th anniversary of the dedication of the 1883 Courthouse that now houses the Prince George Regional Heritage Center, the Center welcomed an eighteen member delegation from the Czech Republic including Senator Jaroslav Kubera, President of the Senate of the Czech Republic and Ambassador Hynek Kmoníček, Ambassador to the United States from the Czech Republic. On hand to welcome the group were County officials including the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Donald Hunter, the County Administrator, Percy Ashcraft, and Supervisor Marlene Waymack. The group toured the Center’s exhibits with special interest in its newest gallery,The Czech and Slovak Gallery, that was funded largely by the descendants of the original Slavic community that located here. Enhancing the visit was an exhibit loaned to the Center by the National Czech and Slovak Museum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for last week’s 7th Annual Virginia Czech and Slovak Festival. In addition to the Government officials of the County, the Czech delegation was welcomed to Prince George by Carol Bowman, Director of the Heritage Center, Dennis Sebera, Immediate Past Chairman of the Festival Committee, Marie Blaha Pearson, the Czech and Slovak Heritage Society and Mike Uzel, Chairman of the 2019 Virginia Czech and Slovak Folklife Festival. Members of the Center and its Festival Committee extended that welcome throughout the Museum and served homemade refreshment to the group, including Virginia ham and freshly-made kolache. The Czech Embassy in Washington released the following on Twitter: Jaroslav Kubera and the Senate delegation visited The Prince George County Regional Heritage Center and met with the lively Virginian community of Czech-Americans. Thank you for the warm welcome, and the kolaches! Photography by Southern Sharp Photography, Ken Newman October 25, 2019
"Ely Plantation home", built 1835 by Mr. Ely a Quaker. Was one of many Mark's family Plantations along Old Town Rd, (route 666). Home is now owned by Mr. and Mrs. Dwayne R. Seal. The House is 184 years old.
Anyone need a room for Friday April 26 in Prince George, Virginia? We can't make it to the car show and I can't cancel my reservation so its up for sale $40 inbox me if interested : Baymont by Wyndham Prince George at Fort Lee Check-in: Friday, April 26, 2019 (03:00 PM) Check-out: Saturday, April 27, 2019 (11:00 AM) Hotel Address: 5380 Oaklawn Blvd Prince George VA, 23875, United States Hotel Phone Number: 804-452-0022 Number of Rooms: 1 Room For 2 Adults Room Type: 1 QUEEN BED - NONSMOKING SUITE
Reinetta Vaneendenburg, MSSM, Captain, US Navy (ret.) discusses the goals of leadership equality within the Navy ranks
January 8-9, 2018 Grant Writing Class Hosted by Henrico County Division of Fire
Come and support the creation of the Fire & EMS Museum by attending the 9th Annual Great Beefsteak Raid steak dinner. A good time with music, food and a benefit auction offereing wonderful items- one of which is a commemorative Henry rifle similar to the ones carried in the actual Beefsteak Raid of 1864. Hope to see you there!