Albemarle Historical Society

Historical Society Exhibits


Current Exhibit: Revisiting the Dolly Madison Inn

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This exhibit features a brief history of the Dolly Madison Inn, as well as numerous decorative wares used by the innkeepers. Objects on display include 19th century ceramics, a painted silk fan, and a brass key. We invite visitors to enjoy the beauty of these items and learn more about this lost center of local hospitality.



Current Exhibit: The Smartest Chap in Town: The Life and Career of Kathleen Clifford

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Born in Charlottesville in 1887, Kathleen Clifford was a multi-talented woman who would become a Vaudeville performer, film actress, and writer. Visit the exhibit in the McIntire Building to learn more about Clifford's life and career.



Permanent Exhibit: Albemarle County Clerks of Court

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Visit the new Albemarle County Clerks of Court exhibit spotlighting county clerks since 1744. This exhibit was created by the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society and is located in the Clerk's Office for permanent exhibition.



Exhibit on Loan: Historical Farms of Albemarle County

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Visit the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau to uncover the history of some of Albemarle County's oldest farms.



Current Exhibit: A Sunny Southerner: The Life and Writings of Julia Magruder

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Researched and written by Margaret L. Freeman, with design by Margaret L. Freeman and Keri Matthews, the exhibit explores the life and literary works of Charlottesville, Virginia native, Julia Magruder -- an internationally famous author of the late nineteenth century, whose legacy has been largely forgotten. Magruder's life and writings offer a view of the complex world of the post-Civil War South from the vantage point of a New Woman of the New South.



Current Exhibit: Vestiges and Veterans

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A 2012 ACHS exhibit commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War



Online Exhibit: The Great War: The War to End All Wars

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The Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society is pleased to announce the installation of "The Great War: The War to End All Wars". Come view artifacts from WWI as ACHS commemorates the centennial of World War I.



Online Exhibit: Queen Charlotte

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Created by Keri Matthews, this exhibit explores the life and legacy of our fair city's namesake, Queen Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.



Online Exhibit: Rip's 1940s

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A Selection of Photographs of Charlottesville and Albemarle County in the 1940s, from the Russell "Rip" Payne Collection.



Online Exhibit: Spirit Walk Photograph Archive

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This exhibit contains pictures of Spirit Walks past.



Online Exhibit: Frances Brand Collection

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An exhibit of of folk art paintings by Frances Brand. Discover the collection of "first"; subjects befriend by the artist whose strength and character she admired.



Online Exhibit: G.I. with a Camera: Wartime Photographic Memoirs of Clarence M. McClymonds

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In early 1945, about seven months after the D-Day invasion, Clarence McClymonds, a 19-year-old son of a mid-western Presbyterian minister, landed in Normandy, France. Assigned as a radio technician to the 1255th Engineer (Combat) Battalion, the young McClymonds, a camera buff since high school, quickly befriended other photographers in the company. Between them, using Army-issued and "liberated" cameras and darkroom equipment, McClymonds and his friends documented their wartime experiences in England, France, Luxembourg, Germany and Belgium. The online exhibit includes the original pages as they were laid out and captioned by Mr. McClymonds, as well as the individual images, maps, chronology, and patches and insignia.



Online Exhibit: Out and About in Albemarle County

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Take a virtual tour of some of Albemarle County and Charlottesville's historic homes, schools, and places.