Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society

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The Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society (ACHS) is a private, non-profit educational organization founded in 1940 to study, preserve, and promote the history of Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

ACHS' research library, administered by a librarian on the staff of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, contains over 4,000 books and bound periodicals, as well as thousands of photographs, manuscripts, maps, pamphlets, newspapers, and vertical files. Its museum collection contains over 3,000 artifacts. In 2009 ACHS, under the direction of Steven G. Meeks led a successful effort to save the Hatton Ferry from oblivion after VDOT decided to cease operation of the nations' last hand poled ferry. ACHS is now working with Albemarle County to acquire access to the Historic Albemarle County Jail No. 5 in Court Square for use a community museum. ACHS has offered limited public tours of the jail facility. [1]

Since 1993, the Society has been located in downtown Charlottesville in the historic McIntire Building. When the lease with the city was renewed in 2003, some City Councilors objected to the low rent of $120. [2]

Long-time president Steven Meeks resigned suddenly in mid-February. Will Lyster was named as the new president. [3]

Board Members

Coy Barefoot was named as executive director on March 13, 2018. [4]

Mission Statement

"The Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society nurtures and promotes awareness and appreciation of local history by encouraging the identification, collection, study, and preservation of the materials of history; by striving for excellence and quality in research and interpretation of collections and local history; and by disseminating knowledge through educational activities, so that the past may shed light on the present and the future."[5]

Efforts of the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society

These efforts include but are not limited to[6]

  • Encouraging the collection and preservation of manuscript and printed materials and other physical remains pertaining to the history of Charlottesville and Albemarle County;
  • Promoting historical programs, lectures, exhibitions, and other educational activities;
  • Facilitating writing and reporting upon local history in its relation to the local community, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Nation, and foreign countries;
  • Exhibiting such material in its own or other museums or elsewhere and maintaining and operating a library and museum for housing and displaying historic materials.


  1. Web. Historic jail to open doors to public, Ted Strong, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, March 26, 2011, retrieved March 28, 2011.
  2. Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, March 17, 2003.
  3. Web. Albemarle Historical Society discusses lease with City Council, Brianna Hamblin, News Article, CBS19 News, Charlottesville, VA, March 4, 2018, retrieved March 5, 2018.
  4. Web. Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society Announces New Executive Director, Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, Press Release, WVIR NBC29, Charlottesville, VA, March 13, 2018, retrieved March 13, 2018.
  5. Web. Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society - About Us, retrieved 30 Dec. 2010.
  6. Web. Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society - About Us, retrieved 30 Dec. 2010.

External links

official site