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Posted on: May 6, 2022

Step Back in Time at Mayfaire Festival to Celebrate Magnolia Grange’s Bicentennial

Parks and Recreation and Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia

May 6, 2022

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — On Saturday, May 21, Magnolia Grange will kick off its bicentennial celebration with a Mayfaire Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the front lawn. Visitors to Magnolia Grange will have the opportunity to step back in time and explore rural life in 1800’s Chesterfield. 

The free event will kick-off with a reenactment of the 1986 ribbon cutting ceremony when the 1822 plantation home opened to the public as a house museum. Free tours of Magnolia Grange will be available on an on-going basis throughout the day.

Numerous tradesmen and crafters will be on site including a chair caner, storyteller, tinsmith, basket weaver, bobbin lace, laundress, carpenter, and more. Historical interpreters will bring history to life with a Revolutionary War encampment, home life and a medicine/snake oil salesman. 

Period toys and instruments will be on display and children will be able to participate in archaeology activities.

Live historical music by the Harken Back String Band will be playing throughout the day. Traditional food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Parking for Mayfaire Festival will be located at the Chesterfield County Government Complex at 9901 Lori Road. Shuttles will transport guests to the event site.

Chesterfield Mayfaire is produced by Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia in partnership with Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation.

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