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23rd Annual Spirit Walk

Location: Maplewood Cemetery & Court Square

Date: October 27 & 28: 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $12 adult / $8 children (10 and under)

As the air begins to cool and the trees shed their leaves, the spirits of former citizens of Charlottesville and Albemarle County gather one last time before consigning themselves to the earth for the long, cold winter. Join the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society on its 23rd Annual Spirit Walk to meet these memorable residents from our community's past. Come learn their stories as they are vividly brought to life before you.

On Friday, October 27th, meet former residents who now rest in Charlottesville's Maplewood Cemetery. Officially opened in 1827, Maplewood houses the remains of many citizens, both well-known and long-forgotten. Please note this tour begins at the Maple Street entrance to the cemetery.

Step back in time as you are guided through Charlottesville's historic Court Square on Saturday, October 28th. Included in this tour is a trial held inside the Albemarle County Court House, well-known to Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe. Please note this tour begins at the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society Building

Friday, October 27th, 6:00 - 8:30 pm (Maplewood Cemetery)
Saturday, October 28th, 6:00 - 8:30 pm (Court Square)

Tours depart every 15 minutes and last approximately 1.25 hrs. Guests are encouraged to bring flashlights to Maplewood Cemetery and wear comfortable shoes.

Tickets will go on sale in mid-September and must be purchased in advance.

Additional Info:
The Spirit Walk is a fundraiser that supports the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works to promote an appreciation of local history so that the past may shed light on the present and the future.


Take a Walking Tour of Historic Court Square

Location: Historic Court Square

Date: Thursday & Friday evenings: 5:30 pm.; Saturday mornings: 10:00 am; April through mid-October

Join an ACHS tour guide for a historic walking tour! 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.


Thursdays at 5:30 pm
Fridays at 5:30 pm
Saturdays at 10:00 am

Take A Ride on the Hatton Ferry

Location: Hatton Ferry, 10120 Hatton Ferry Road Scottsville, Virginia 24590

Date: Saturday: 9 am - 5pm, Sunday: 12 noon - 5pm; mid-April through October

Cost: $5 per person / $10 per vehicle

Looking for something fun to do this weekend that the whole family will enjoy? Take a ride on the Hatton Ferry!

The Hatton Ferry is located outside of Scottsville and runs from Saturday 9-5 and Sunday Noon-5 from mid-April through the end of October. It is operated during most federal holidays during the operational period. Visit Hatton Ferry ca. 1870 Last Poled Ferry in the United States on Facebook, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or call the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) at 434.296.1492 to make sure the ferry is in service.