Welcome to the Isle of Wight County (Virginia) Historical Society

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Cemetery Reports

Selected Local History

Bits and Pieces
of History

Informative Links

IOWC History

IWCHS Membership Form

IWCHS Constitution
and Bylaws

Gravesite Survey Task
GSSTF Charter

IOWC Museum Upcoming Events

Courthouse Sceneindian gift


27th Heritage Day—Sat-SEPT 11, 2021

Southampton Heritage Village/Agriculture & Forestry Museum

Lunch on the Grounds:      BBQ, hot dogs, Brunswick stew, snacks, soft drinks, water

     NO PETS, GUNS, POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS                   9:00 am to 4 pm (Rain or Shine)  Admission: $5 adults  $2 school children

Items of Interest

Ø  Antique Cars and Tractors

Ø  Apple and Sweet potato jacks

Ø  Bee Keeping & Honey

Ø  Blacksmithing

Ø  Broom Making

Ø  Butter Churning

Ø  Chicks Hatching

Ø  Corn Bread cooked at grist mill

Ø  Crackling & Lard Rendering

Ø  Dough Bowls handcrafted

Ø  Face Painting

Ø  Flint Napping

Ø  Fur Handling and Tanning

Ø  Small Gasoline Engines Operating

Ø  Glass Blowing

Ø  Grist Mill Operating

Ø  Hay Rides

Ø  Hog Killing Display and Stories

Ø  Hominy making

Ø  Hymn Sing in country church

Ø  Local Produce & Pumpkins

Ø  Lye Soap Making

Ø  Nottoway Indian Displays

Ø  Operating 1920's Ground Sawmill

Ø  Petting Zoo

Ø  1885 Chandler & Price & Columbian #2 treadle   operated, hand fed Printing Presses

Ø  Shucking and Shelling Corn

Ø  Storytelling in One Room School House

Ø  Washboard Washing of Clothes

Ø  Whittling




Museum of Southampton History

Open 10-4


Sawmill & Planer Mill Operate

 10:30, 1:00 pm, 2:15 pm

Smokey Bear from 9:30 am to noon


Grist Mill operates 9:45am,11:15am,1:45 pm


Print Your Own Souvenir Bookmarks 10-3

Diesel Engine, factory whistle periodically


 Hominy, Lye Soap, Crackling 10 am to 3 pm

Butter Churning 10, 12 & 2


Model Trains running all day


PDCCC nurses blood pressures

10 am – 2 pm


Story Telling in one-room School  11, 1:15

Hymn Sing in Country Church

11 am & 1:30 pm

Hay Rides - to library & back

  10 am3 pm


 “Shiloh Grass” Bluegrass Music

during the day


Scavenger Hunt for kids all day


Mattie the Cow throughout the day


Rebecca Vaughan House open 10-2

Mahone’s Tavern 9:30-4




Crafts—Some for Sale

Ø  Baskets- farm and decorative

Ø  Candles

Ø  Country Store Crafts

Ø  Crafts of many kinds

Ø  Crocheting

Ø  Cross-Stitching

Ø  Doll Clothes

Ø  Goat Milk Soap

Ø  Gourds, Painted

Ø  Jewelry

Ø  Journals, Scrapbooks

Ø  Kids’ Necklaces

Ø  Gourmet Mixes & Dips

Ø  Needlework and Handwork

Ø  Quilting

Ø  Sewn Items

Ø  Signs, Indoor and Out

Ø  Water Color Paintings

Ø  Wood Craft & Painted Items


Remembering 9/11 – 20th anniversary

Ceremony at 9:00 am





Gates open at 9:00 am

Southampton Heritage Village and Agriculture

& Forestry Museum

      26315 Heritage Lane, Courtland, VA


Genealogy / Research

The Clerk’s Office of the Circuit Court is a good place to conduct genealogical research. The Clerk’s Office contains the following materials: Will records beginning in the 1600′s
Deed records beginning in the early 1700′s
Birth records 1853 to 1885
Death records 1853 to 1876
Marriage records beginning in 1772

We invite you to visit our spacious records room, where you can view documents on our public computers or pull the actual books from the shelves.

The Clerk’s office provides SRA (secure remote access) to our land records.($300.00 for six months subscription. SRA provides Internet access to Deeds and Wills…Date Range 1647 to present for Wills; and Date Range 1701 to present for Deeds. Also available are Marriage Licenses, Judgments, and Financing Statements…Date Range 1993 to present. The hardware and software used to generate these electronic records are supplied and maintained by Logan Systems, Inc.
  If you are interested in signing up for SRA, please read our SRA cover letter and submit an application.
SRA Cover Letter SRA Application In 1980 documents of pre-1913 chancery causes (also known as “loose papers”) were transferred to the Library of Virginia, and said documents were then scanned and indexed by LVA, and are available to anyone free of charge. Just visit http://www.virginiamemory.com/collections/chancery/, or simply go the http://www.lva.virginia.gov/ and search for Chancery Records Index. The digital images as well as the original case files are maintained at LVA at no cost to the County.
For additional records and information on how to begin tracing your family history visit the Library of Virginia’s Website. Many of the records stored in the Clerk’s Office can be accessed through this link.

On May 21, 2012 FamilySearch began capturing digital images of genealogical/historical records, including deeds, wills, marriage records, order books, land tax books, bond books, etc from 1647 to 1917. Today, all of these records are available online through the FamilySearch website.

For your convenience, if the researcher provides a book and page number reference, the Clerk’s Office staff will make copies at a cost of 50 cents per page. When you send in your request, please be sure to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for returning of documents.

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