Spirit Walk Gives Haunted History of Charlottesville

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October 18, 2013
11:50 p.m.

The 19th annual Spirit Walk which kicked off Friday night in Charlottesville.

Visitors walked by the light of the lunar eclipse and lantern light through Maplewood Cemetery.

People could hear the tale of such spirits as the Margruder sisters, whose father helped to found Martha Jefferson Hospital.

Caroline Ross, the director of this year's walk, is new to Charlottesville. She said the walk allowed her to learn of "past residents, and how Charlottesville was founded, and who are the important players who made it the community it is now. And I think it's a great way for other people who, even if they've lived here their whole life, may not know these stories or some of these people. So, it's a great way to learn about your local history."

The tour will return to Maplewood Cemetery on Sunday. On Saturday night, it will visit Court Square.

"On Saturday, you can visit Court Square and learn about the fate of a past Charlottesville mayor who will be on trial for his life," stated Steven Meeks, President of the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society.

That mayor spent time at the old Albemarle County jail. On both Saturday and Sunday, visitors will get to visit the old jail.

October 18, 2013

'Tis the season for spooky sights. This weekend the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society will host its 19th Annual Spirit Walk.

The ghostly, yet educational, tour gives visitors a chance to learn about some famous, and infamous, past Charlottesville residents. This year some new "spirits" are joining familiar faces, with local actors and historians playing figures dating all the way back to the 18th century.

The Spirit Walk runs Friday through Sunday. On Friday and Sunday, the haunted hosts will lead groups by lantern light through the Maplewood Cemetery providing a glimpse into the lives of those buried there. On Saturday, folks can visit Court Square and learn about historical figures like a past Charlottesville mayor who was put on trial for murdering his wife.

One of the highlights of the tour is a visit to the old county jail on Saturday and Sunday. The stop was a new addition last year.

The entire ghoulish experience a fundraiser for the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society. Tickets are $12 for adults, and $8 for children 10 and under.

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