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Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society to Hold 20th Annual Spirit Walk
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October 23, 2014 It is that time of the year, where the spirits of the former citizens of Charlottesville and Albemarle County meet up to talk about the good old times. This weekend only, the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society is putting on its 20th annual Spirit Walk. For the first time, people have the chance to tour Charlottesville's Oakwood Cemetery, making for stories of new souls. "It's been really interesting researching the spirits since this is a whole new cast this year," said said Steven Meeks, the president of the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society. The spirits of some very prominent and interesting residents will make an appearance all played by local actors. "We have about 40 individuals who are all volunteering their time to put on this production. So, it's a lot of fun for us and something we really look forward to and we hope the community will be as interested also and come out and support us." Proceeds from the ghostly, yet educational tours will go directly to the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society. "It's our largest fundraiser of the year. It's also an opportunity to sort of educate the community, the people of the Charlottesville and Albemarle area, about its own history. It's a fun way to kind of combine the two," said Meeks. People will meet a bride that made national news when she died that day before her wedding day. On Saturday's Court Square tour, people will watch the court case of the death of Charlottesville's first police chief, who was murdered. The spirits' stories have been a hit with the community for its two decade-long run. "It amazes me. I've done this for several years and we have the same kids that come back every year and they're so excited and they can't wait to see what spirits are going to be out there. It's great to see the joy on their faces and the parents as well," said Amanda Kutch with the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society. According to Kutch, this is the first year one of the actors is actually related to the spirit they are portraying. Cost: $12 for adults, $8 for children 10 and under. Friday's tours at Oakwood Cemetery and Saturday's tour of Court Square start at 6 p.m. and run through 9 p.m. Sunday's cemetery tour runs 6-8 p.m. Tours depart every 15 minutes and last a little over an hour. To purchase tickets click the link on the side of the page.

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