Dale District News

First Baptist Church Centralia Celebrates 150 Years

At the April 26 Board of Supervisors meeting, First Baptist Church (Centralia) was honored with a resolution recognizing the 150th anniversary. The historic church was founded in 1867 by the African American members of Salem Baptist Church and was originally called Salem African Baptist Church. The new congregation held worship services under a brush arbor before constructing a building in 1867 on a one-acre tract deeded in 1869 by members of the mother church. The congregation changed its name to the First Baptist Church (Centralia). Razed by fire in 1996, this historic structure was rebuilt to original specifications in 1997. In November 2014, the site of the Historic First Baptist (Centralia) was designated a Chesterfield County Historic Landmark.

First Baptist Church Centralia 

Dale District Supervisor Jim Holland and other board members recognize First Baptist Church (Centralia). 


Historic Courthouse Bell Undergoing Restoration for Centennial Celebration

The 1749 Chesterfield County Courthouse Bell is being stabilized to its original condition this year as part of the centennial celebration of the Historic 1917 Courthouse, set for Oct. 26. The historic bell, which is three years older than the Liberty Bell, is Chesterfield County's oldest artifact and will be placed on permanent display in the Chesterfield County Museum. Learn more about Sharon Norquest's restoration process.

1749 Historic Bell 

Dale District Supervisor Jim Holland, along with Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia’s Liess Van der Linden, observe the work of Sharon Norquest to stabilize the 1749 Courthouse Bell. 


Pollution Solvers Make Environmental Difference

Pollution Solvers partnered with Chesterfield’s Adopt-A-Spot Program to make an environmental different in the community. The 29-member team made up of students from L.C. Bird High School were challenged by the school to create an environmental project that benefited the county. The team worked a total of 81 hours to remove 35 bags of litter at L.C. Bird High, O.B. Gates Elementary, Chesterfield Technical Center, the county fairgrounds and the Courthouse Green subdivision.

LC Bird Clean Up 


National Citizen Survey Results Released

The National Citizen Survey report is about the "livability" of Chesterfield County. The phrase "livable community" is used to evoke a place that is not simply habitable, but that is desirable. It is not only where people live, but where they want to live. Most residents surveyed rated the quality of life in Chesterfield County as excellent or good.


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