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22nd Annual Spirit Walk

Location: Maplewood Cemetery, McIntire Building and Court Square, and the Old Albemarle Jail

Date: October 21st, 22nd & 29th from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Join the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society for the 22nd Annual Spirit Walk and meet residents from our community's past. Come learn their stories as they are vividly brought to life before you.

On Friday, October 21st, meet former residents who now rest in Charlottesville's Maplewood Cemetery. Officially opened in 1827, Maplewood is our oldest public cemetery and houses the remains of many citizens, both well-known and long-forgotten. Maplewood tours will begin at the main cemetery entrance on Maple Street. Guests are encouraged to bring flashlights to the Maplewood Cemetery tours.

Step back in time as you are guided through Charlottesville's historic Court Square on Saturday, October 22nd. Included in this tour is the courtroom trial of Rosa Ricks Smith, a wife and mother accused of murdering her husband. The tour will begin at the McIntire Building on 200 Second St. NE.

On October 29th, meet former inmates of the Old Albemarle Jailhouse. Completed in 1886, the jail served the community until 1974, holding a variety of people behind its bars.


Friday, October 21st, 6:00 - 9:00 pm (Maplewood Cemetery)
Saturday, October 22nd, 6:00 - 9:00 pm (Court Square)
Saturday, October 29th, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. (Old Albemarle Jail)

Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children 10 and younger. Tickets are $15/adults & $10/children at the gate. Purchase tickets online through our website or by calling 434-296-1492.

If you have questions, please email Christina Swanson at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tours will take place rain or shine. Please note no refunds will be given.

Eventbrite - 22nd Annual Spirit Walk - Maplewood Cemetery (10/21/2016)

Eventbrite - 22nd Annual Spirit Walk - Court Square (10/22/16)

Eventbrite - 22nd Annual Spirit Walk - Old Albemarle Jail (10/29/16)

2016 Historical Walking Tours


Date: April 21 - October 29

Cost: $5.00 per person

Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville boast an unusually rich and striking history. Men and women, both well-known and unknown, remarkable and ordinary helped build Charlottesville for over a period of 250 years. That local history has been preserved in the structures and monuments, which give Charlottesville its character. Join us on an Historic Walking Tour to learn about these men and women, the houses, storefronts, schools, places of worship, and public buildings in which they passed their lives, and view the cemeteries where they now rest.


Join an ACHS tour guide for a stroll around the Court Square familiar to Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe. Learn about the early years of Charlottesville, its citizens, businesses and buildings. We tour Court Square every Thursday and Friday @ 5:30pm as well as Saturday @ 10am.

Tours begin at the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, located at 200 Second Street, NE Charlottesville, VA 22902.

Explore the Old Albemarle Jail #5, originally constructed in 1876 and used to incarcerate inmates until 1974. The Old Albemarle Jail is open Saturdays from 12-2 with a knowledgeable ACHS guide on site to help answer any questions.

The jail is located at 409 East High Street.

On Saturday, June 4 at 10am, take a tour of this historic cemetery and hear about the men and women from Charlottesville's most trying time on the Civil War Tour.

Tour begins at the cemetery entrance near the corner of Maple Street and 8th Street NE.

Come Saturday, July 9th at 10am to learn about the history of African-Americans in Charlottesville by touring their final resting places in Oakwood Cemetery.

Tours begin at the cemetery entrance on Oak Street.

Join us Saturday, August 6th @ 10am to uncover the stories of citizens in Riverview Cemetery who were originally buried elsewhere on the Reinterred Tour.

Riverview Cemetery is located at 1701 Chesapeake St, Charlottesville, VA 22902. Tours begin near the small brick building located within the cemetery.

Additional Info:
Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased online or at the start of your tour. Tours last approximately one hour. Please wear comfortable shoes. For more information or questions, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 434-296-1492.

Take a ride on the Hatton Ferry

Location: 10120 Hatton Ferry Road, Scottsville, Virginia

Date: April 23 -October 30: Saturdays 9:00 am - 5:00 pm / Sundays 12:00 pm - 5:00pm

Cost: $5 per person; $10 per vehicle (dependent upon the water level of the James River)

The Hatton Ferry will commence its 2016 operating season April 23rd through October 30th. 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.

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.