Mid-Lothian Mines Day - oct. 21st, 2017

What: Come out to Midlothian Mines and Rail Road Park and learn about the vast coal mining history that abounded in Midlothian. Activities include living-history demonstrations, coal mining displays, period music, children’s games and guided walking tours. View a reproduction of the headstock that was part of the coal mining operations and enjoy musical performances by the Press Gang, Virginia Folk Music Association and Scottish bagpipe performances at the amphitheater. This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available on site. Enjoy a relaxing trolley ride that will shuttle visitors from the Midlothian Village Festival to the park. This event is offered in conjunction with Midlothian Village Day.

When: Saturday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Mid-Lothian Mines Park, 13286 N. Woolridge Road, Midlothian
Contact: Call 751-4946 or

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Open House at historic Pleasant View African-American School - oct. 7th, 2017

What: The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia, in cooperation with the Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation, presents an open house for Pleasant View School. Members of the African American History committee of the Chesterfield Historical Society will conduct tours of the school. Officially designated as a Chesterfield County Historic Landmark in April 2017, the Pleasant View School is an early twentieth century African-American one-room schoolhouse located at 18431 River Road.  It succeeds an earlier school house circa 1900. The Chesterfield County School Board purchased two acres of land in 1924 that included a house previously used as a public school site upon which to construct a new school for Blacks. Pleasant View School was built with the financial support of the Black community and opened in 1930; it closed in 1947.  The Pleasant View Community Association maintained the building and used it as a community center from 1947 until 1998.  Now owned by the County’s Department of Parks and Recreation, the school features original desks, blackboard, walls, ceiling, and other items from the past.  Pleasant View is an authentic representation of early twentieth century education of African-Americans in Chesterfield County.

When: Saturday, October 7, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: 18431 River Road, Chesterfield 
Information: Tours are free. Parking is available on site at the school.
Contact: For details call 751-4946 or visit  

Eppington Heritage Day - oct. 7th, 2017

Come celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Eppington Foundation, Inc. Visit Eppington and experience colonial life in early 18th century Chesterfield County. Eppington is a circa 1768 plantation named after Francis Eppes VI, who built the estate. Tour the house, join in Colonial activities, listen to period music, colonial dancing, storytelling, enjoy craft demonstrations and a relaxing carriage ride. Major General Lafayette, a Revolutionary War hero and friend to Thomas Jefferson and Francis Eppes VI will be visiting. Children can enjoy period games and candle making. A cemetery tour and colonial militia musket demonstrations will be offered. Learn about the variety of grapes that are growing at the experimental vineyard and enjoy a wine tasting. Food and beverages will be available.

Admission and parking are free.
There also will be an open house at historic Pleasant View School, an early twentieth century African-American one-room schoolhouse, located at 18431 River Road. 

Where: Eppington Plantation, 14201 Eppes Falls Road, Chesterfield
When: Saturday, Oct. 7, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Information: Food and beverages will be available. Admission and parking are free.
Contact: For more information, call 751-4946 or

Make No Assumptions: Book Signing 
Wednesday, Oct. 4th, 2017

Let us read you a grown-up bedtime story--a book signing at Mid-lothian Mines  
Make No Assumptions – by south of the James authors Jane Ellen Holliday Wilson and Glenda Mace Kotchish
Make No Assumption that your perspective will be mine. Life long south of the James writers, Jane Ellen Holliday Wilson and Glenda Mace Kotchish, have joined forces to produce Make No Assumptions--an anthology of short stories, memoir and poetry written together over the course of a year.  
Every week they got together, chose a topic then wrote whatever struck their fancy.  Then went home and feverishly developed, edited and developed some more, as all writers must, this wonderful compilation of “bedtime stories for grownups”.
They may both be Southerners; lived only a few miles from each other; gone to rival high schools—Midlothian and Manchester; had lives that paralleled each others; but that doesn’t mean that they write the same stories, about the same things.
Come on out to the Mid-lothian Mines Park from 6:00PM to 8:00PM on Wednesday, October 4 (rain date October 11).  And listen to them read from their debut book.  Buy a book while you’re there and they will sign it for you and donate $1 for each one sold to the park.

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