Take a Tour

The Albemarle County Courthouse in downtown Charlottesville. Albemarle was carved from Goochland County in 1744. The original county seat was located at Scott’s Landing (now Scottsville) on the James River to the south. After the town of Charlottesville was founded in 1762 — named for King George III’s new bride, Queen Charlotte— a modest wood-framed courthouse was built on this site. It was later replaced in 1803 by a two-story brick structure that still forms the northernmost (or back) portion of the Courthouse. The statue honoring deceased Confederate soldiers was installed in front of the Courthouse in 1909. A decorative fountain for horses is visible on the right. Photo by Rufus Holsinger (1866-1930), November 4, 1912. (courtesy of the Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia).

 Explore the Historic Heart of Virginia!

The Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society offers a diverse variety of experiences that explore the history of Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville. For more than fifty years, we have been the leader in personally guided walking tours of the historic Central Virginia region. You are invited to join us. We can accommodate big groups or small ones, eight-year-olds or eighty-year-olds. All tours can be catered to your schedule based on the availability of tour guides. Check out the Calendar for all the latest schedule updates. For health and safety, we require you wear a mask and observe social distancing. We look forward to showing you around one of the most fascinating little cities in America! Contact Sterling Howell at [email protected] or (434)296-1492 to learn more and schedule a tour.

Guided Tour Offerings – NEW – All Tours All Year Round!

Court Square & Environs: Our trained volunteers and staff will escort you on a guided walking tour around the Historic Court Square and its environs, the original 1762 core of Charlottesville. Tours start on the sidewalk in front of the Albemarle County Courthouse and end at the McIntire Building, covering local history from pre-Revolution up to recent events. $7 per person.

Virtual Tours: Check out our Calendar for latest updates!

Downtown Mall: Coming Soon!

Maplewood Cemetery: Coming Soon!

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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]