Come Discover our History and Heritage

The Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society welcomes you to their website.

The Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society is a private, non-profit educational organization (I.R.S. 501 (c) 3). The Society is a membership organization, open to all, and receives no continuing operating support from federal, state or local governments. We operate thanks to membership fees, gifts and donations, and grants from private foundations. More About Us.


Programs and Events

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Our Historical Walking Tours Are Back!

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Mark your calendars! ACHS is excited to announce that this Friday, April 13th (Thomas Jefferson's birthday) will be the start of our 2018 Walking Tour season! Stroll around the Court Square familiar to Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe. Join our expert guides to learn about the early years of Albemarle County and Charlottesville, its citizens, businesses, and buildings. During a roughly 1 and a half hour tour, you will see reminders of over 250 years of our community's heritage. Our tours run every Thursday and Friday evening beginning at 5:30pm, and every Saturday morning beginning at 10am through mid-October. Tours depart each week from the steps of the McIntire Building (200 Second Street NE), do not require a reservation, and cost $5 per person. Come join us in experiencing Charlottesville's diverse history! Learn More

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Announcements

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Our Historical Walking Tours Are Back!

Mark your calendars! ACHS is excited to announce that this Friday, April 13th (Thomas Jefferson's birthday) will be the start of our 2018 Walking Tour season! Stroll around the Court Square familiar to Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe. Join our expert guides to learn about the early years of Albemarle County and Charlottesville, its citizens, businesses, and buildings. During a roughly 1 and a half hour tour, you will see reminders of over 250 years of our community's heritage. Our tours run every Thursday and Friday evening beginning at 5:30pm, and every Saturday morning beginning at 10am through mid-October. Tours depart each week from the steps of the McIntire Building (200 Second Street NE), do not require a reservation, and cost $5 per person. Come join us in experiencing Charlottesville's diverse history! Learn More

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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. Learn More

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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. Learn More

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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. Learn More

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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. Learn More

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