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21st Annual Spirit Walk

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

Date: October 23-24 and 30 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. | October 25 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Join the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society for the 21st 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 October 23rd, and Sunday, October 25th, meet former residents who now rest in Charlottesville's Oakwood Cemetery. Officially opened in 1864, Oakwood houses the remains of many citizens, both well-known and long-forgotten. Guests are encouraged to bring flashlights to the Oakwood Cemetery tours.

Step back in time as you are guided through Charlottesville's historic Court Square on Saturday, October 24th. Included in this tour is the courtroom trial of Francis Morgan. The tour will begin at the McIntire Building on 200 Second St. NE.

On October 30th, 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 23rd, 6:00 - 9:00 pm (Oakwood Cemetery)
Saturday, October 24th, 6:00 - 9:00 pm (Court Square)
Sunday, October 25th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm (Oakwood Cemetery)
Friday, October 30th, 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 Hailey Stoudt at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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

This year's Court Square tour is sponsored in part by Trader Joe's.

Eventbrite - 21st Annual Spirit Walk- Oakwood Cemetery (10/23/2015)

Eventbrite - 21st Annual Spirit Walk - Court Square (10/24/2015)

Eventbrite - 21st Annual Spirit Walk - Oakwood Cemetery (10/25/2015)

Eventbrite - 21st Annual Spirit Walk - Old Jail (10/30/2015)

ACHS 2015 Historical Walking Tours Season


Date: April 23rd - late October

ACHS will be offering tours of Historic Court Square throughout the 2015 Historical Walking Tour season. Stroll around Historic Court Square, familiar to Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe. Learn about the early years of Charlottesville, its citizens, businesses, and buildings. Tours begin at the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society (200 Second Street, NE Charlottesville, VA 22902). Cost is $5/person. Tickets can be purchased from your guide at the start of the tour.

Court Square Walking Tours are offered on the following schedule:
Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m.
Friday evenings at 5:30 p.m.
Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m.
First Sunday of the month at 2:00 p.m.

Upcoming Cemetery Tours:

June 20, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.: Mayors of Maplewood tour
July 11, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.: Interred in Oakwood tour
August 15, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.: Symbolism in Riverview tour
September 5, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.: Interred in Maplewood tour

Please call 434.296.1492 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

Take a ride on the Hatton Ferry

Location: 10120 Hatton Ferry Road, Scottsville, Virginia

Date: April 18th - October 25th: Saturdays 9:00 am - 5:00 pm / Sundays 12:00 pm - 5:00pm

Cost: Free; donations requested

The Hatton Ferry will commence its 2015 operating season Saturday April 18th. 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 18th through October 24h. 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.