HOURS: The Family HIstory and Research Center at The Old Jail is open 10:00 = 2:00 on Mondays, except for holidays.
Contact LaVonne,the historian, at, to arrange a visit during this time 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

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 2017
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, December 3 at Cumberland Plantation. Contact for information.

NKHS Museum:

The Museum, housed in the historic 2-room schoolhouse at 11740 New Kent Highway, is open Saturdays 10:00 am - 2: pm. We will be closed Saturday, November 25. Please visit us December 2 for our Christmas open house. Contact for appointments at other times. 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 any Saturday in April from 9:00 to noon.