The Society maintains a headquarters on the grounds on the Huguenot Trail (Robious Road, 711), where the original church was built in 1700. The building has a small but excellent research library with genealogical references to help families trace their histories. Please note: prospective members pay a research fee of $25; others wanting genealogical information pay $75; checks should be addressed to the Manakin Huguenot Society, 981 Huguenot Trail, Midlothian, VA 23113. We will mail you the materials that we find. On-site scholarly (non-genealogical) research does not require a general research fee, only copying fees.
If you wish to visit to do research, you should make an appointment with the staff librarian, Bryan Godfrey, well in advance to prepare for your visit, if possible. E-mail manakintown at yahoo.com or call 804-794-5702 and leave a message on the answering machine. As a rule, he will be in the library after church on Sundays. You may text him at 804-543-7200.
Books may not be checked out, but must be used at the library. There is a small fee for use of the xerox machine. You may search the Adobe on-line catalog [you must have the free Adobe Reader to download the file.] and the genealogy material in the Index of The Huguenot magazine.
Meetings of the Virginia state branch are held at headquarters twice a year, and the national organization meets here from time to time.nbsp; Other branches meet in their own states (Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, Alabama, Oklahoma, Mississippi). The Society owns a large surrounding forest.
The Manakin Episcopal congregation still exists, in a modern brick church adjacent. Also, one of the earliest church buildings has been preserved on the property and a large monument marks the society headquarters (see pictures). The modern church includes commemorations to some of the colony's founders and many of their descendents are among the worshippers today, some even living on original land grants in the surrounding area.
Huguenot Trail is an extension
of Robious Road, State Road 711, which turns northwest from Midlothian Turnpike
(60) and Huguenot Road (147), in Chesterfield County southwest of Richmond.
The address is 981 Huguenot Trail, Midlothian VA, 23113-9224
From 64 West, turn right (south) on 288, cross the James River, then take the right ramp to Robious/Huguenot Trail (711)and go about 1 mile west.
From 64 East, take 95 South briefly, turn right (west) on the Downtown Expressway (195), a toll road (have $1 ready), bear left to the Powhite Parkway and cross the James River. Take a right (north) on Chippenham Parkway (150), and go to the Huguenot Road exit. At the light on Huguenot Road (147), take a left and proceed several miles to Robious Road (711) following the directions above. Alternatively, you might like to take I-295 north, circling around Richmond to 64W and 288.
From 95 North, take the Powhite Parkway exit (195) just after Bryant Park (64 West also exits at this point). Stay on 195 across the James River and through one $.50 toll; turn on Chippenham Parkway North (150) and follow the directions above to Robious Road. Alternatively, you can take I-295 West around Richmond to 64W, then go a short distance to 288-South, and on to 711.
From 95 South, exit at the Chippenham Parkway (150), and go about 10 miles to the Huguenot Road exit. Follow the directions above to Robious Road.
From 60 East, take 288 (outside of Midlothian village) north to Robious/Huguenot Trail, and then go west 1 mile.