Chesterfield County Library takes Bon Air the late 19th century next weekend

The 38th annual celebration will include exhibits, lectures, music, food and family-friendly activities.

Bon Air has a unique history and offered a bit of escape from daily life back in the day. To celebrate that time the Bon Air Historical Society and Chesterfield County Public Library host the Bon Air Victorian Days.

The Chesterfield County Public Library celebrates Bon Air Victorian Days—a week of events that highlight the community in the late 1800s. The celebration will run from Saturday, April 30 to Friday, May 6 at the Bon Air Library, 9103 Rattlesnake Rd, North Chesterfield, 23235.

In the late 19th century, Bon Air served as a popular community gathering spot. The 38th annual celebration will include exhibits, lectures, music, food and family-friendly activities. The activities will culminate with the Victorian Day Parade and Festival, sponsored by the Bon Air Historical Society.

  • Ice Cream Social
    Free ice cream, book sale, children’s crafts, performances and music
    Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Old Bon Air: A History
    Presented by Len Tuck, former president of the Bon Air Historical Society
    Monday, May 2, 7-8 p.m.
  • Hazen Memorial Lecture: Polk Miller and the Old South Quartet
    Photographs, recordings and songs
    Tuesday, May 3, 7-8 p.m.
  • Why Aren’t They Smiling? A Look at the Truths and Myths of 19th Century Victorian-era Photographs
    Presented by historian Carson Hudson
    Wednesday, May 4, 10:30-11:30 p.m.
  • Victorian Mourning
    A Fashion presentation
    Wednesday, May 4, 7-8 p.m.
  • A Musical History of the Victorian Era
    Presented by historian and musician Carson Hudson
    Friday, May 6, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Bon Air Victorian Day Parade & Festival
    Parade-Saturday, May 7, 11 a.m.-noon (Starts at Bon Air Baptist Church)
    Festival-Saturday, May 7, Noon-4 p.m. (Bon Air Christian Church)

For more information, visit or call (804) 751-CCPL.

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Richard Hayes

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