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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).

Come Explore the Historic Heart of Virginia!

For more than fifty years, we have been the leader in personally guided walking tours of the historic Central Virginia region. We offer a diverse variety of experiences that explore the fascinating and dramatic stories of Charlottesville, Albemarle and the University of Virginia. You are invited to join us. We can accommodate big groups or small ones, eight-year olds or eighty-year olds. Check out the Calendar for all the latest schedule updates. We look forward to showing you around one of the most fascinating little cities in America!

Court Square, Downtown

University of Virginia

Our African-American Heritage

Historic Cemeteries

Our Jewish Heritage

Speciality Tours

Trees of Charlottesville

Three Presidents

Historic Homes

Civil War and the Lost Cause

Historical Architecture

UVA Corner

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April through October: <strong><em>Court Square & Downtown</em></strong>

Every year, beginning in the spring and running through the fall, our trained volunteers are happy to escort you on a guided walking tour around Downtown Charlottesville. From Court Square to the Downtown Mall, history comes alive right here in the heart of Virginia. Contact us to learn more and to schedule your tour! Thanks to the hard work of our dedicated 2018 Guides: Sharon Dudley, Jim Hattaway, Jane Myers, Mike Pierce, Joe Sabol, and Lisi Schauer.

September 2018 through May 2019: <strong><em> New Tour Series! </em></strong>

Join us each month, September through May, as we launch a new “Discovery Series” of free, public tours covering a variety of topics and locations. From the Jewish history of Charlottesville to the architecture of Jefferson’s Academical Village to the deep reaches of Claudius Crozet’s Blue Ridge Tunnel: come explore the fascinating history of Central Virginia with our scholars and historians! Check out the Calendar for the full schedule of tours in this series, read the Blog and follow us on Facebook for complete schedule updates.

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