*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

Charlottesville Cemeteries: Walking Through Hallowed Ground

One way to learn about and celebrate some of our local history is by visiting four Charlottesville cemeteries (Maplewood, Oakwood, Riverview, and University of Virginia) that have served our community for nearly two centuries. These cemeteries provide a serene setting for the gravesites for many Charlottesville notables, such as Virginia’s first lieutenant governor, builders of Monticello and the University of Virginia, authors, missionaries, school principals, teachers, business owners, politicians, and veterans. The history of the individuals found in these cemeteries provides a rich narrative history of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, as they are many of the people who helped to shape the character of the local area and who helped to lay the foundation for the kind of city Charlottesville is today. Many of the gravestones and markers are original; and while many are deteriorated due to weather and vandalism, the stones are a manifest of the lives, deeds, and legacies of individuals long since gone.
NOTE: Each class will meet in the named cemeterey on the date given.
Class #1: Maplewood Cemetery, 835 Maple Street. Meet at the Maple Street entrance to the cemetery. There is limited street parking along Maple and Lexington Avenue.
Class #2: Oakwood Cemetery, 120 Oak Street. Meet at the Oak Street entrance to the cemetery. There is limited parking along Oak Street.
Class #3: Riverview Cemetery, 1701 Chesapeake Street. Meet in the cemetery near the third intersection. Park along the entrance drive beginning at the second intersection.
Class #4: University of Virginia, at Alderman and Cemetery Roads. Meet at the cemetery entrance off of Cemetery Road (near the cul-de-sac). Metered parking is available on McCormick Road near O-Hill dining hall.

Instructor Bio:

Steven G. Meeks is a historian, author, lecturer, preservationist, ferryman, building conservator, and a native of Albemarle County. He has written extensively about local history. Some of his affiliations include: president and chief executive of the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, editor-in-chief of the Magazine of Albemarle County History, and member of the Albemarle County Historic Preservation Committee.
Amanda Kutch, a native of Fluvanna County, is a local historian and genealogist with a life-long love of cemeteries. She serves on the board of the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society and is a member of several historical and genealogical organizations, including a Civil War reenactors group. Amanda is employed as a financial analyst by the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at UVA.

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Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B10 Steven Meeks Apr 18, 25, May 2, 9 Tu 9:30-11:00 a.m. Cemeteries listed in course description WL

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