Welcome to the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society

Collecting, preserving, and interpreting the history of our community!


We Are Open To The Public!!

UPDATE 8/9/2021

The ACHS is now open to the public. Our hours are M-F, 8am to 4pm, and on Saturdays, 10am to 2pm.

For patrons who want to use the Research Library, we highly recommend that you make an appointment so that we can ensure we have the staff and/or volunteers available to pull research information and assist you while visiting with us.

To make an appointment, call 434-296-1492 or email us [email protected].

We value the health and safety of our library patrons, volunteers, staff, and the community at large. The following safety measures have been implemented to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit.


If you are experiencing COVID symptoms, feel ill, or have had a known exposure within the past 10 days, please do not visit us. Anyone who is feeling ill, been exposed, or has traveled to an area with higher infection rates should wait 10 days before visiting us.

In order to protect our library patrons, staff, and volunteers, we request that you follow these guidelines when visiting us:

  • Masks are required in any indoor space. We encourage you to bring your own, but we do have masks available by request.
  • Observe social distancing protocols while visiting with us.
  • Hand sanitizer is available in the lobby and in the research library. Our restroom is available and is stocked with soap and paper towels. You are encouraged to wash your hands frequently.

New cleaning protocols have been implemented to ensure that all highly-touched surfaces are cleaned and sanitized regularly. We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure a safe environment for our patrons.


Guided history walking tours are available year-round.  Contact Sterling Howell at [email protected] or (434) 296-1492 to learn more and to schedule a tour.

All of our programs are still being held online. Check our calendar page for all upcoming online programs and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for additional information and to watch recordings of our programs!

History is not the past; it is the story we tell about the past.

Help us tell the story.


Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society members, if you have already renewed for 2021, thank you! Membership dues make up a large portion of our annual operating budget. Every membership counts! Please continue to support us!



The Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society is facing a number of challenges and needs your support to help #ACHSOpenOurDoors during the Covid-19 crisis.



Our vision is to reimagine and reinvent the role of the historical society in the twenty-first century: to be a strong civic organization that embraces, in all that we do, the diversity of our community’s history and experience, and promotes a greater understanding of our past, to enlighten the present and foster an inclusive history for future generations.


History is not the past; it is the story we tell about the past. Every person in Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville has a unique and powerful story to tell. Through collecting, preserving, and interpreting the history of our community, we are committed to informing, inspiring, and bringing together all people, creating opportunities for new relationships and new understandings.


Our work is grounded in a belief in the worth and dignity of every human being. We respect people, communities, and cultures. We value discovery, creativity, integrity, and diversity. We believe in the potential for history to enrich our lives and to create stronger relationships and more vibrant communities. We approach our work with integrity and transparency.



Our organization earned a 2021 Gold Seal of Transparency! Now, everyone can view our financial details and learn about the people at our organization. Click on the gold seal for our updated #NonprofitProfile on Candid:
The reopening of this website was funded in part by a CARES Act grant from Virginia Humanities. Click on their logo to learn more.

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McIntire Library
Market Street Park

Downtown Charlottesville
200 Second Street, NE
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902


Research Library Open
By Appointment
Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm
Saturday, 10am-2pm