Museum of History
The Gloucester Museum of History is currently featuring the summer exhibit, "The Good Old Days". The exhibit opened May 1st and will continue through November. Included in the exhibit are household items, clothing, toys, photos, tools and numerous other items that were used in Gloucester from the late 1800's to the mid-1900's.
Continuing on display is the exhibit "Threads: A Loving Legacy Unfolds." This exhibit highlights the creative handiwork of ladies from two families who helped shape the history of Gloucester County - the Sterlings and the Shacklefords. Pictures of each woman are included and stories of many of the pieces on display, some dating back to 1920. The display was created by cousins Hilda Anne Nolen Hodgson, Amy Williams Boykin, Heather Sterling Pearce and Mary Anne Sterling.
Another popular exhibit at the Museum is the original oil painting of Civil War General W. B. Taliaferro reviewing the last general muster of the Gloucester Militia at Roaring Springs Plantation the 4th Saturday in May 1860. Painted by Robert E Goodier (1925-1999), the painting has been donated to the Gloucester Museum of History by his family. The artist’s daughter, Elizabeth G. Esrey of Middletown, Delaware and son, Winslow R. Goodier of Glen Allen, Virginia, agreed that the painting should be returned to Gloucester because of it’s historic significance to the County. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Goodier lived at Roaring Springs Plantation from 1992 until 2004.
The Museum also continues to display numerous permanent exhibits which include:
- Antique Survey Equipment
- Battle of the Hook
- Celebration of African American History in Gloucester
- Civil War
- Free School House
- Gremer Doll Houses
- The Hotel Botetourt
- James D. Gardner
- The Old Country Store
- Warner Hall
The exhibit traces Gloucester's rich history and varied contributions from 5 million years ago, when the area was covered by a warm tropical sea, to the Civil War, when it gave both a General to the Confederate Army and was home to James D. Gardner, who rose from oysterman to become the only recipient of a Congressional Medal of Honor from the area while serving in the Union Army.
Other exhibits include:
- Archaeological findings from "Paradise" (home of the Lees)
- Archaeological findings from the Fairfield Plantation
- Bacon's Rebellion
- Gloucester's participation in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Civil War
- Native Americans