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June 24th: "Virginia Women in History" Exhibit
Join the Library of Virginia as it recognizes eight outstanding Virginia Women who have made important contributions to Virginia, the nation and the world. The exhibit brought to you by The Library of Virginia and with partnership from Virginia Dominion will be at ACHS from June 24 - August 2.

August 1st: New Historical Walking Tours Schedule
Visit our listing for Historical Walking Tours under Programs for new schedule information.

August 4th: "Lifting Our Voices 1861 to 1865" exhibit
The exhibit will be displayed at ACHS from August 4 to August 30. It begins with a reminder that during these years, as was the case since the 1810 census, the majority of Albemarle's population were enslaved and free persons of color. Stories of the lives and contributions of named individuals make up most of the exhibit. Many locally enslaved men helped build fortifications while others were "body servants" to their owners. Members and friends of the Burke Brown Steppe chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. created the exhibit.

August 23rd: Members only tour of Riverview Cemetery
Overlooking a dramatic bend in the Rivanna River, Riverview Cemetery is the only privately owned cemetery to lie within the boundaries of the City of Charlottesville. First purchasing 27 acres of land in 1892, Riverview Cemetery continued to amass small quantities of land over the years. Within resides residents from Revolutionary time to the present. ACHS invites you to join them on a tour to learn about the fascinating history of the cemetery and those who are now buried within. This tour is for 2014 ACHS Supporting Members only.
The tour will start on Saturday, August 23th at the Riverview Cemetery entrance. Refreshments will be served.
Tickets are $5/person and can be purchased at the start of the tour or by clicking below. RSVPs are appreciated.
For questions, please contact Caroline Ross at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or at 434-296-1492 M-F, 9am - 12:30 pm.

August 30th - September 1st: ACHS will be closed for Labor Day

September 15th: Spirit Walk tickets go on sale.

September 20th: Main Street Agriculture
Albemarle County Farm Bureau will be working with the City of Charlottesville to produce an extraordinary, community event, promoting local agriculture, agriculture education, community prosperity, and quality of life.... Because America's future food supply depends on Farmers and Agriculture Education. The event will take place in the Downtown Mall and Lee Park form 10 am - 4pm. ACHS will be presenting a new exhibit Historic Farms: Albemarle County by Intern Ben Willis.

October 13th: ACHS will be closed for Columbus Day

October 19th: Historical Walking Tour Season Ends

October 24th - 26th: 20th Annual Spirit Walk
Friday, October 24th, 6:00 - 9:00 pm (Oakwood Cemetery)
Saturday, October 25th, 6:00 - 9:00 pm (Court Square)
Sunday, October 26th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm (Oakwood Cemetery)

November 7th: Endangered Places Submission Deadline 5 pm

November 27th -29th: ACHS closed for Thanksgiving

March 5-7, 2015: 150th Anniversary of Sheridan's arrival
Check back for more information


Ongoing Events:

Historical Walking Tours: August 2014 Schedule
Court Square Tours: Thursdays and Fridays @ 5:30 pm; Saturdays @ 10 am; Sundays @ 2 pm
Downtown Mall Tours: Saturdays @ 11:30 am
Maplewood Cemetery Tours: Thursdays @ 7 pm
Oakwood Cemetery Tours: Fridays @ 7pm
Riverview Cemetery Tours: Saturdays @ 3 pm
* Please check our Historical Walking Listing on our homepage for announcements

Hatton Ferry
The Hatton Ferry will commence its 2014 operating season Saturday April 19th. Come take a ride on the Hatton Ferry, an historic ferry across the James River and the only poled ferry still operating in the United States, April through October. The Hatton Ferry operates free of charge; donations appreciated as the operation of the ferry relies solely on donations given to ride the ferry and from the kind generosity of other supporters.

Under ideal conditions, a round-trip crossing takes about 30-45 minutes. No more than two cars and six people can be taken at one time. The Hatton Ferry is located in southern Albemarle, a few miles outside of Scottsville. *The ferry cannot operate when the water level in the James River is too high or too low. For information about weather-related closings, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), visit the website at thehattonferry.org, or friend The Hatton Ferry on Facebook for easy weekly updates.

Please Note: If calling to check on the status of the Hatton Ferry, please call ACHS the Friday before you plan to ride the ferry between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:30 pm.


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Tour of Maplewood Cemetery

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Tour of Oakwood Cemetery

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Blacksmith demonstration during the Annual Spirit Walk

Members only tour of Riverview Cemetery


Location: Riverview Cemetery

Date: Saturday, August 23rd at 7pm

Cost:$5/person


Overlooking a dramatic bend in the Rivanna River, Riverview is the only privately-owned cemetery to lie within the boundaries of the City of Charlottesville. Within this cemetery are residents from all walks of life; from the distinguished family of a Major General of the Civil War to an unidentified traveler found on a boxcar. The grave markers in Riverview are as diverse as its inhabitants, featuring a variety of styles and symbols reminiscent of the late 19th century through present day.

Join ACHS for a tour of this fascinating cemetery on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at 7:00 pm, followed by light refreshments.

Tickets are $5/person and can be purchased below or at the start of the tour. RSVPs are appreciated. For more information or to RSVP, contact Caroline Ross at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 434-296-1492.










Take a ride on the Hatton Ferry


Location: 10120 Hatton Ferry Road, Scottsville, Virginia

Date: April 19th - October: Saturdays 9:00 am - 5:00 pm / Sundays 12:00 pm - 5:00pm

Cost:Free; donations requested


The Hatton Ferry will commence its 2014 operating season Saturday April 19th. Come take a ride on the Hatton Ferry, an historic ferry across the James River and the only poled ferry still operating in the United States, April through October. The Hatton Ferry operates free of charge; donations appreciated as the operation of the ferry relies solely on donations given to ride the ferry and from the kind generosity of other supporters.

Under ideal conditions, a round-trip crossing takes about 30-45 minutes. No more than two cars and six people can be taken at one time. The Hatton Ferry is located in southern Albemarle, a few miles outside of Scottsville. *The ferry cannot operate when the water level in the James River is too high or too low. For information about weather-related closings, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), visit the website at thehattonferry.org, or friend The Hatton Ferry on Facebook for easy weekly updates.

Please Note: If calling to check on the status of the Hatton Ferry, please call ACHS the Friday before you plan to ride the ferry between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:30 pm.


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Historical Society Bookstore


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On sale online and at ACHS, copies of the Magazine of Albemarle History. We still have many of the earliest additions in print. Also for sale Secrets of the Blue Ridge Volumes 1 and 2, Hidden Histories: African American Cemeteries in Virginia, A Place Called Buckingham, Lynn Coffey's Backroads series, The Story of Keswick Hall, The Hanging of Mayor McCue, plus more!


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Come see ACHS new exhibit - The Great War: The War to End All Wars


Location: ACHS Exhibit Hall

Date: M-F: 9:00-5:00 / Saturday 10:00-1:00

Cost:Free and open to the public


View gas mask, mess kit, posters, newsreels, and explore the activities of the University's students and faculty and Charlottesville's and Albemarle County's residents took. Travel back through time from the gun shots in Serbia to the celebration of the armistice.


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Personnel of Base Hospital No. 41

Supporting Membership Renewal


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Haven't renewed your ACHS Supporting Membership for 2014. You can renew your supporting membership online or by mailing a check to: ACHS - Supporting Membership Renewal, 200 Second Street, NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902. If you mail in your membership renewal- please don't forget to include your email address so you don't miss out on any mailings or announcements.

Supporting Membership
$40 - Individuals
$60 - Households
$100 - Businesses
$300 - Corporations

Supporting Lifetime Memberships
$700 - Lifetime Individual Memberships
$1,000 - Lifetime Household Memberships

Members will receive the annual Magazine of Albemarle County History; newsletters which announce programs, events, and other items to the members; presentations by local authors and historians, discounts on Society publications, and advance notice of special events. Annual memberships are valid for one calendar year. You are encouraged to renew your (membership prior to each January, so that you will not miss any Society mailings or notices on the new year. Of your dues, all but $10.00 (the value of the Magazine), and any additional donation over that amount, is tax deductible to the full extent provided by law.


Celebrate!250 Commemorative Souvenirs


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Own a piece of Charlottesville's history! Each item is sure to become a treasured keepsake from the City's 250th Anniversary. The Society Store at the McIntire Building is currently offering for sale: sets of commemorative coins, etched glass mugs, and Christmas tree ornaments produced for Celebrate!250. The commemorative coin set is also available for purchase through our online Society Store. Please contact us for further information about any of these items.


MarkerHistory.com


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Researching local history? Visit MarkerHistory.com for free images and descriptions of Albemarle County Highway Markers.