About The Prince George County Regional Heritage Center
The Prince George County Regional Heritage Center opened its doors on November 8, 2008. "It was a great celebration," said Carol Bowman, Executive Director, "over three hundred people from around the area joined us that weekend. We were very pleased that, after four years of planning, raising funds, and countless volunteer hours of hard work, it all came together so well. The Museum is something for which every citizen in the County can be very proud ."
In its mission to tell the story of Prince George County, the Center has become a home for many treasures from a rich and vast regional history. Its newly opened Cultural Heritage Building includes a Czech-Slovak Heritage Gallery that celebrates the life of the Slavic communities that became an integral part of this area after the Civil War. The new wing also exhibits other facets of the immigration story, including that of John Mazza, son of Italian immigrants who went on to become a military officer in the United States Army and a music teacher at the Prince George High School. Mazza led his students to many awards and a trip to all of the major Bowl games and parade, including five trips to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and two to the Rose Bowl in California. The new building includes many historic/genealogy records and now welcomes inquiries and appointments for research.
The Center also maintains an exhibition area on the first floor of the County Administration Building 6602 Courts Drive in Prince George, 23875. The newest exhibit is entitled “Prince George, the Man”, telling the unique story of the Danish prince who married Queen Anne of England and who became the namesake for the new county in the British Colony of Virginia. That exhibit opened July 21, 2018 on the 315th anniversary of the County of Prince George. It is open daily, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm.
The Center is fully accessible and welcomes visitors six days a week. For special tours or school classes, the Center offers a wide range of subjects and SOL correlation. Please contact us: 863-0212 or PGHistory@aol.com.
Board of Directors
Judy H. Hamby --- Chair
Carol M. Bowman --- Executive Director
Randolph Watkins --- Vice President / Historian
Joanne Williams --- Corresponding Secretary
Amanda Vtipil --- Recording Secretary
Gillian P. Young --- Treasurer
Randolph Watkins --- Historian
Aaron Rowland --- Advisor from Petersburg National Battlefield
Yoti Jabri ---Advisor from Prince George County Economic Development
Lillian King Boyd --- Past President
The Center is supported by a 7.5% allocation of the tourism Lodging Tax, approximately $15,000 per year. The balance of its operations comes from public support and grants that might be available for specific projects. There is no admission charge or fee for use of its facilities.
The Prince George County Regional Heritage Center is a 501(c)(3) Virginia Corporation. All dues and donations are fully tax deductible. The Center is a member of the Hopewell-Prince George Chamber of Commerce, the Virginia Association of Museums, and the American Association for State and Local History.