Starting on Monday, July 6th, the Historical Society’s Research Library will be open by appointment only. To make an appointment, call 434-296-1492 or email [email protected].

We are limiting the total number of staff and visitors who will be able to access our facility, so it is mandatory that you make an appointment.

No drop-ins without an appointment will be allowed.

First come first serve for appointments will be to our Members, so if you are not a Member, please consider joining!! See the link below.

Wearing a mask, observing social distancing rules, and other health safety requirements will be enforced while you are visiting with us for the safety of our staff and visitors.

Please consider donating to the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society to help #ACHSOpenOurDoors during the Covid-19 crisis.


For ACHS members who have already renewed for 2020, we thank you! Membership dues account for a large portion of our annual operating budget. Every membership counts! If yours is getting ready to expire, we hope you will continue to support us.


Founded in the Spring of 1940 to coordinate the work of local history enthusiasts, the founders of the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society were motivated to discover and preserve important historic documents, as well as to conduct original research and to share their findings. The ACHS has grown and changed in a variety of ways over the past eight decades to encompass an amazing suite of programs and exciting projects. We are a research library. We are a museum of history and culture. We are walking tours and genealogical how-to sessions. We are a one-of-a kind archive of historic papers, photographs, artwork, and memorabilia. We are a magazine, original documentary videos, and free lecture series. We are dedicated to research, learning, and sharing. We are here to inform, enlighten, inspire and bring people together, offering opportunities for all who want to learn, discover, and explore the history of our vibrant and diverse 21st-Century Albemarle County and Charlottesville community.


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