About Us

Welcome to the historic heart of Virginia!

Celebrated, award-winning Charlottesville photographer and University of Virginia alumnus Edwin “Flash” Roseberry (b.1925) captured this classic image of shops along the UVA Corner, just down the hill from the Rotunda, with his new 1950 4×5 Pacemaker Speedgraphic camera. November 1950.

The Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society is an independent 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to exploring and sharing the history of Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville—where our local story is the story of the nation. Every chapter in America’s history is written in rich detail here in the Virginia Piedmont; from the native peoples who called this land home for thousands of years, to the earliest European exploration, the founding of a British colony, the “Founding Fathers” of the American Revolution, the national stain of slavery and the U.S. Civil War, European immigration, and more. From the early effort to create public education in America, to advance the cause of science and medicine, from the struggle to end human slavery and to secure the full rights and dignity of all human beings,from the Civil Rights Movement to the Women’s Movement to the Student Movement and beyond; so many unforgettable, dramatic moments in our national story all took place right here, and we continue to make history.

Founded in the Spring of 1940 to coordinate the work of local history enthusiasts, the founders of our organization were motivated to discover and preserve important historic documents, as well as to conduct original research and to share their findings. Since our founding eight decades ago, we have grown and changed in a variety of ways to encompass new programs and exciting projects. We are a historical society reimagining and reinventing our role in the twenty-first century. We are a research library and a scholarly magazine. We are a museum of history and culture. We are walking tours and online programs. We are a one-of-a-kind archive of historic papers, photographs, artwork, and memorabilia. We are a strong civic organization dedicated to research, learning, and sharing. We are here for all who want to learn more about the diversity of our community’s history, to discover our shared experiences, and to promote a greater understanding of our past. Click on the links below to learn more about the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society—our story, our staff and board, our projects, and our policies.

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(434) 296-1492

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200 Second Street NE

Charlottesville, VA 22902

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At the Historic Public Library
On Market Street Park in Downtown Charlottesville
200 Second Street, NE
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
Monday-Friday (8am-Noon) By Appointment
Phone: 434-296-1492
Email: [email protected]