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Highlights, September 2019
  Morris Family Donates Morrisena Documents to Museum, 09 September 2019:
Morris Family Visits Museum, 2019
(L to R):  Beth (Morris) Gillette, Cathy (Morris) Taylor, Graham Paige, and Doug Gillette

Scottsville Museum was delighted to host the Museum visit of Elizabeth "Beth" and Doug Gillette of Enfield, Connecticut, and Cathy Taylor of Casa Grande, AZ, this past Monday.  Beth and Cathy are the daughters of James Taylor Morris (1913-1997) and Mary Jane (Montanus) Morris (1920-2006).  Their father, James, was born at Morrisena, the property patented to his ancestor, Hugh Morris, in 1747 by King George II.  Beth, Cathy, and three of their cousins are the current owners of Morrisena.  Beth and Cathy brought 5 large plastic file boxes containing historic photos, documents, and ledgers regarding Morrisena life that they had collected and met with Graham Paige, Accessions Chairman of the Museum, to donate these historical treasures to the Museum.  Beth thanked Graham and the Museum for giving these treasures a "voice" and a safe place to be. 

Scottsville Museum wishes to thank Beth and Cathy for this most generous donation to our Museum collections! And thanks also to Doug Gillette, who helped Graham move these 5 heavy boxes from his car into our Museum!  We are excited to begin the additional preservation of these documents and to continue our research on Morrisena, the Morris family, and their role in Albemarle history with tips from Beth and Cathy!

To learn more about the Morris family and Morrisena, see the additional links in the Morris family article below.


Children of John Lacy Morris Sr., and Daisy (Callahan) Morris of Morrisena:
Shown at right are the children of John Lacy Morris, Sr. (1881-1940) and Daisy Holmes (Callahan) Morris (1881-1967) in 1918.  This family lived at Morrisena, the home which was built along the branches of Totier Creek near Warren, Virginia.  Morrisena has been the home of the Morrises since it was granted in 1747 to their ancestor Hugh Morris (1727-1805) by King George II and witnessed by Sir William Gooch, Colonial Governor of Virginia.  To learn more about the Morris family and Morrisena, visit:


The Family of John Lacy Morris, Sr., and Daisy (Callahan) Morris

Family of John Taylor Morris and Lelia B. (Lacy) Morris

Morrisena

John Lacy Morris, Jr.

James Taylor Morris




MARK YOUR CALENDAR - River Town Fest - Community Day in Scottsville,
14 September 2019
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River Town Fest in Scottsville, VA, 14 September 2019

Scottsville is the birthplace of Albemarle County, and this year marks 201 years since Scottsville was incorporated as a town.  River Town Fest, Scottsville's Community Day, celebrates local community history and health.  Events include the Scottsville Farmers Market; Scottsville Organization for Kids Soccer (SOKS); a sidewalk sale throughout town sponsored by the Scottsville Chamber of Commerce; free health screenings from Southern Albemarle Family Practice; kids activities; food and beverage tastings; music and more... Most events are free, and all events are open to the public! (The community fair and music will continue rain or shine).

Scottsville Museum will be open from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, 14 Sept., during the River Town Fest. 

Public bathrooms are available in the community center, Dorrier Park, the Farmer's Market and Canal Basin Square Outdoor Museum.

Public parking will be available at the following locations:  on Valley and Main Streets; at the James River Boys & Girls Club community lot; and on Bird Street at the "old" tire factory lot.

River Town Fest Schedule:

   Farmers Market:   Scottsville Pavilion, 9am-1pm

   SOKS Youth Soccer:   Scottsville Pavilion, 9am-1pm

   Free health screenings from Southern Albemarle Family Practice:   Scottsville Pavilion, 9am-1pm

   Community Health Fair:   Scottsville Community Center, 9am-1pm

   UVA Mobile Mammography Coach:   Scottsville Community Center, 9am-1pm

   Creative Faces with Stephanie:   Scottsville Community Center, 9am-1pm

   Petting Zoo:   Scottsville Community Center, 9am-1pm

   Scottsville Chamber of Commerce Sidewalk Sale throughout town:   10am-4pm

   Free music concert at the Scottsville Pavilion featuring the Jon Spear Band, with Powers and    Brown.  (BYO chairs!), 6-10pm

   Food and Drinks at the Scottsville Pavilion: 6pm-10pm

   Alcohol proceeds to benefit the Cat Action Team at Scottsville Pavilion, 6pm-10pm (BYO Chairs!)


MARK YOUR CALENDAR - Albemarle County's 275th Anniversary Celebration,
28 September 2019


2019 marks 275 years since the Virginia House of Burgesses formed Albemarle County with Scott's Landing as the original county seat.  Albemarle County is holding a small ceremony and festival to mark this 275th anniversary on Saturday, September 28th, 10 am - 2 pm, at the County Office Building - McIntire, 401 McIntire Rd., Charlottesville, Virginia.  Activities will include a speaker series on Albemarle history; remarks by elected officials representing local/state/federal levels; music by the Charlottesville Municipal Band; a touch-a-truck event and other kids' activities; a community resource fair; and, of course, cupcakes!  This 275th celebration is free to attendees, and all are welcome!  See you there!


Highlights, August 2019
  Jesse B. Grove, III, Passed Away On 10 August 2019:

It is with great sadness that Scottsville Museum advises our fellow Scottsville history fans of the passing of Jesse B. "Barry" Grove, III, at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, 10 August.  Barry was born on February 10, 1942, in Richmond, Virginia, and was the son of the late Jesse B. Grove, Jr., and Jacqueline Beal Grove of Scottsville.  Barry was a graduate of Washington & Lee College and the University of Virginia Law School.

After a very successful law practice in San Francisco, California, Barry retired and moved with his wife, Leanne, to his ancestral town of Scottsville, Virginia, where he continued practicing in the field of construction law.  Barry served as Mayor of Scottsville for three terms and oversaw the completion of the Streetscape Project.  He also served on the Architectural Review Board and other town committees.

Barry also served on the Board of Trustees of Scottsville Museum and was a most faithful docent.  When the Museum's Twilight Tours were performed each year, Barry could always be relied on to be one of our excellent and enthusiastic tour guides, too.  At left, Barry is shown in full costume as a happy and informative guide for our 2015 Twilight Tours.  Thank you, Barry, for all you have done for the Town of Scottsville and Scottsville Museum.

A memorial service for Jesse B. "Barry" Grove will be conducted at 3:00 pm, Friday, August 16, 2019 at Thacker Brothers Scottsville Funeral Home by the Reverend Gordon Lindsey.  The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service.

For more information, please see Jesse B. Grove, III, Obituary on the Thacker Brothers Funeral Homes' web site.



MARK YOUR CALENDAR - David Goetz Presents:  Ever the Gray Ghost:  Colonel John Singleton Mosby and the Lincoln Conspiracy, 10 August 2019:

On 10 August 2019 at 2 pm, Scottsville Museum is pleased to invite the public to a presentation at the Museum by author, David Goetz, on Ever the Gray Ghost: Colonel John Singleton Mosby and the Lincoln Conspiracy.  In his presentation, David begins by examining the background of individuals and groups from both sides in the War Between the States, who wanted to capture or kill Confederate President Jefferson Davis and U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.

From these outlines, David explores Colonel Mosby's role, as well as that of his Rangers in the war, but especially in the Lincoln conspiracies.  He further reviews Mosby's service as a soldier and spy under his commanding officer, General J.E.B. Stuart, and, after Stuart's death, General Robert E. Lee; his perfection of the concept of need to know; his communications system with Richmond and the Northern Neck of Virginia and the importance of cover stories for his various actions and those of his men.

David investigates deep-cover Confederate clandestine operatives in Washington and Baltimore.  He also traces how Mosby Ranger Lewis Powell was drawn into clandestine work by the Confederate Secret Service and ultimately introduced to John Wilkes Booth, becoming part of his group.  David further explores the wide net cast by Mosby's men and others, who observed Booth and David Herold as they fled Washington down the Secret Line through Maryland and into Virginia after Lincoln's murder and, ultimately, on to Garrett's farm in Caroline County.

A fresh look is given to Mosby's formation of his last company, Co. H, on April 5, 1865, four days before Lee's surrender to Grant, and how Confederate munitions expert and saboteur, Sgt. Frank Harney was embedded into it.  It is believed his mission was to blow up the White House with Lincoln and his Cabinet in it, but Co. H was routed in a fight with federal Cavalry in Fairfax County, Va. on April 10; Harney and several of his team were captured miles away near the Potomac River.  Some of Mosby's stay-behind group was also in place in Virginia and Maryland to assist Harney escape had his plan succeeded.

The central question in all of this is how much did Mosby know, and was he complicit in an attempt to murder the President of the United States?

It is a fascinating story and offers new insights and focuses on numerous attempts to capture or kill Abraham Lincoln.  Although Colonel Mosby's and his Rangers' roles have been discussed in many books and publications, David is the first to write a book considering Mosby as an integral part of the Lincoln conspiracies.

To learn more about Ever the Gray Ghost, please attend David Goetz's presentation at Scottsville Museum on Saturday, 10 August 2019, at 3 pm.  Copies of David's book will be available for purchase at the Museum.  Admission is free!



Highlights, July 2019
  Luther Randolph Stinson, Scottsville Doctor, 1904-1950:
Luther Randolph Stinson, 1941
Luther Randolph Stinson was born on August 25, 1879, in Buckingham County, VA; he was the son of Thomas Henry Stinson and Eveline Elizabeth Baber.  Luther spent most of his early life in Buckingham County where he attended Axtel Academy in Glenmore.  In 1900, Dr. Stinson graduated from the University College of Medicine in Richmond.  Desiring to learn more of medical techniques, he enrolled for an eight-month course at the Polytechnic Clinic Medical School and Hospital in New York City in 1903 and completed it.  In 1904, Doctor Stinson began his general practice in Scottsville.  To learn more about Dr. Stinson's medical career and life in Scottsville, visit Luther Randolph Stinson.



Highlights, June 2019
  Batteau Night in Scottsville, 19 June 2019:
A James River Batteau at Scottsville
A James River Batteau at Scottsville.  Photo by Lauren Turek .

The 34th Annual James River Batteau Festival begins on Saturday, June 15, and runs through Saturday, June 22.  This festival features authentic replicas of the sleek, shallow-draft merchant boats which were used during the late 1700's to transport tobacco, grain, and other goods on the James River from areas of central Virginia.  Each year a small fleet of batteau travel 120 miles from Lynchburg to Richmond, stopping mid-way in Scottsville for music, fun, and festivities.  Batteau will begin arriving in Scottsville in mid-afternoon on Wednesday, 19 June, and tie up at Scottsville's Ferry Street public boat landing.  Visitors can also stroll along the levee by the James River in Scottsville while waiting for the batteau to arrive.  Music concerts at Canal Basin Square begin at 4pm and end at 8pm.  Featured musicians are:

               4:00 - 4:45 pm  Four Hits and Miss
               5:00 - 6:20 pm  Brandon Wayne and his Lonesome Doves
               6:45 - 8:00 pm  HOBOJAC

Additionally vendors selling food and beverages, artwork, souvenirs, and publications will be stationed at Canal Basin Square from 4:00-8:00 pm.

Public parking is near the James River, at the Scottsville United Methodist Church, or at Dorrier Park (from Valley Street/Rt. 20, turn right on West Main Street, turn left on Page Street to park) and walk the Levee Trail to Canal Basin Square and the James River.

Do join us in Scottsville on Wednesday to see these wonderful boats and their enthusiastic crews in full costume.  Scottsville Museum will be open on Batteau Day from 1-8 pm.

Volunteers Needed for Batteau Night in Scottsville, 19 June 2019:


*For folks who have always wanted to be a part of the James River Batteau Festival, but who don't have a boat!*

During this year's Scottsville Landing event on Wednesday, June 19th, Scottsville Events & Tourism is looking for volunteers to dress up in batteau period clothes (like the batteau crew in photo above!) and stand along the levee wall, directing visitors to and from the river's edge to Canal Basin Square.  There will be food and music in the Square, but we'd like people to know they can easily walk down the levy wall from Reeling and Rafting (the landing site) to the Canal Basin Square and the James River.

The event is from 4-8pm.  Any amount of time volunteered would be appreciated! Please email: events@scottsville.org for more information!


John B. Anderson's Civil War Sword:

Anderson's Civil War sword donated by Jean Williamson of Tracys Landing, MD

Scottsville Museum wishes to thank Jean Williamson for her recent donation of the above military sword used by John B. Anderson during his Civil War service with Company C, 60th Virginia Infantry.  John lived on a 1000-acre farm near Scottsville which bordered on the Albemarle and Fluvanna county lines.  He was a farmer and a self-taught carpenter, as well as the father of D. Wiley Anderson, noted Virginia architect.  For many years this sword hung over his son's mantle at Albevanna Springs.  To learn more about John B. Anderson's Civil War service, family, and Albemarle life, visit John B. Anderson, 60th Virginia Infantry.


Highlights, May 2019
  "Let's Roll a Hogshead!" by William E. Trout:
Hogshead by Jeff Falls at Canal Basin Square, 2019 Hogshead replica, built by Jeff Falls for Scottsville's Canal Basin Square in Summer 2018.

A picturesque phase of tobacco marketing in the Colonial and Early National period in Virginia was the practice of rolling the hogshead of tobacco from the plantation to the place of inspection and sale. Transportation of tobacco in this manner was considered by by William Tatham as "peculiar to the Virginia era" in a book he authored in 1800 entitled, "An Historical and Practical Essay on the Culture and Commerce of Tobacco."

Much of Virginia's history is the history of hogsheads.   These were large barrels about 4 feet high and 4 feet in diameter and weighed about 1000 pounds, half a ton, when packed with tobacco.  Shown at left is hogshead replica with a rig for rolling it as created by Jeff Falls and on display at Scottsville's Canal Basin Square.

To learn more from Mr. Trout's research about hogsheads' importance in transporting Virginia tobacco safely to market in the 1700-1800's, visit Let's Roll a Hogshead!.


Honoring Master Sergeant Thomas B. Hudson, U.S. Army Air Forces:
M/Sgt Thomas B. HudsonAs Memorial Day 2019 approaches,
Scottsville Museum wishes to honor all of our military veterans.  Recently Jo Ann Hudson, daughter of Master Sergeant Thomas B. Hudson, donated her father's World War II artifacts, including a 1945 photograph of him as he completed his Army Air Forces service; see photo at left. 

Thomas grew up on his family's farm on Rural Rt. 2 near Scottsville, Virginia, and was the son of Walter William Hudson and Alta Pamilia Hudson.  He attended Scottsville Schools but began working on the Hudson family farm near Scottsville before his Scottsville School days were complete.  Thomas eventually moved to construction work and enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force on July 14, 1942, at Ft. Dix, New Jersey.  During WWII, Thomas served in the Europe as part of Squadron D, 234th Army Air Forces where he attained the rank of Master Sergeant.

To learn more about M/Sgt Thomas B. Hudson and his WWII service, visit Thomas B. Hudson.


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Highlights, April 2019
  Spring Opening at Scottsville Museum, 07 April 2019:
Scottsville Ferry, 1745
Exhibit: Where The River Bends: Scottsville On The James

Maxwell Johnson, August 2018 The Scottsville Museum will open for the 2019 season on Sunday, April 7, at 2 pm.  Shown at right is our featured speaker, Maxwell Johnson, who will talk about research he did on the community of Esmont, while working as a Museum intern during the past year.  Mr. Johnson studied all aspects of the town of Esmont, interviewing local residents, photographing historic buildings, and researching documentation on various properties.  His research took him to Richmond, Charlottesville, and Washington, D.C.  You can see some of the results of his project here on the Museum web site.  Mr. Johnson is a fourth-year student at the University of Virginia.  He comes from Midlothian, VA, and graduated from Midlothian High School.  At the University he is studying anthropology and American studies with a minor in French.

Join us for refreshments and our program, and celebrate the re-opening of the Museum.  From April through October the Museum will be open on Saturdays from 10 to 5, and on Sundays from 1 to 5. All are welcome and admission is free.  We also open for special tours at other times--just let us know when you want to visit (E-mail: smuseum@avenue.org, or Tel: 434-286-2247).


Passing of Timothy Michael Small, 15 April 2019:
On 15 April 2019, Timothy Michael Small passed away in Albemarle County, Virginia.  Tim was born on September 29, 1940, in Muncie, Indiana.  Tim and his wife, Sandra Jean (Adams) Small, lived at their longtime home, named Riverview, in Scottsville, Virginia.  Tim and Sandra are the parents of a son, David Theodore Small, and three daughters, Amanda Kay Kaster, Michele Alene Harrison, and Monica Leigh Hammock.

Tim loved Scottsville's history and was very actively involved in preserving it.  He played a significant role in putting together the town's river history and the resulting exhibit at Scottsville's Canal Basin Square.  He also was an excellent and engaging teacher of our history.  Evelyn Edson, President of Scottsville Museum, remembers a group of high school students, who were coming down the river with the James River Association and stopped in Scottsville at the Canal Basin Square exhibit to learn more about the town's river history.  Tim held them spellbound down by the river boats there for over an hour.  Tim and his passion for Scottsville's history will be missed!  Our condolences go out to Tim's wife, Sandra, and family.



Highlights, March 2019
  Bank of Scottsville by Robert Tharpe
$10 banknote issued by Bank Of Scottsville in April 1861
The Virginia General Assembly passed an Act to establish the Bank of Scottsville in the County of Albemarle on March 12, 1849.  James W. Mason, a notable Scottsville resident and builder of "Old Hall," was listed as a director.  The Bank was not established then, however; three years later, the Bank was chartered as an independent Bank on May 28, 1852.  Independent banks were backed by approved public securities deposited with the state treasurer.  There were 2 major issues of currency, one backed by the State of Virginia securities and the second issue was not backed by the State of Virginia.  Shown above is a ten dollar banknote issued by the Bank of Scottsville on April 18, 1861. 

To learn more, visit Bank of Scottsville by Robert Tharpe



Randolph Jefferson's Legacy by Joanne Yeck
Well over ten years ago, I stumbled upon Randolph Jefferson for the first time.  I was tracing my Harris family's acquisition of Snowden, a plantation lying in Buckingham County, directly across from Scottsville at the Horseshoe Bend of the James River.  In the 1820's, a land tax record noted that a significant percentage of the farm had been transferred from the estate of Randolph Jefferson to Capt. John Harris of Albemarle County.  Needless to say, the Jefferson name caught my attention, though I had no idea who Randolph Jefferson was.  It did not take long to find out, however, it took years to collect the information that turned him from a stereotype into a three-dimensional character.

To learn more about Randolph Jefferson's Legacy, visit Randolph Jefferson's Legacy.



Highlights, February 2019
  John Henry Phillips, Jr., Scottsville Rural Mail Carrier, 1920-1962
John Henry Phillips, Jr., and Annie Phillips, 1924 John Henry Phillips, Jr., and his wife, Annie (Whitlock) Phillips, are shown at a gathering of the Phillips family in Cunningham, Fluvanna County, Virginia, in October 1924.  John became a rural mail carrier for the Scottsville Post Office in 1920 and served in that role for 42 years.  His mail route started out on horseback using the local dirt, and sometimes muddy, roads, and by his last ten years of postal service, John had to trade for a new car each year.  He married Annie (Whitlock) Phillips in 1921 in Washington, DC, and Annie Phillips taught in Scottsville schools for 40 years, retiring in June 1961.  To learn more, visit John Henry Phillips, Jr., and Annie Phillips.


William Edward Moody, Scottsville's Country Doctor, 1946-1994
Dr William Edward Moody, ca. 1990 After earning his medical degree in 1941 at Western Reserve Medical School in Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. William Edward Moody moved to Charlottesville where he worked as a resident physician at Martha Jefferson Hospital until the U.S. Army claimed him later that year.  Dr. Moody then served as an Army doctor in the South Pacific during World War II.  After the War, Dr. Moody and his family moved to Scottsville in 1946 where he worked as a full-time country doctor covering Scottsville and the neighboring areas for 44 years.  If someone needed a doctor in the middle of the night or 15 miles down the road from Scottsville in inclement weather, they didn't hesitate to call the highly-respected and much-loved Dr. Moody, and he drove to his patient and took excellent care of his/her medical needs. 

To learn more about Dr. Moody, visit
William Edward Moody, MD.


Highlights, January 2019
  Scottsville Museum's Historical Survey of Esmont Village Online,  2 Jan. 2019
Town of Esmont, 1910;  Library of Congress,  LC-USZ62-113129
Town of Esmont, 1910, Photo by W.E. Burgess. Courtesy of Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/95507550/

Scottsville Museum is pleased to announce that a new section has been added to our web site containing the results of our summer's survey of many of the historical sites in the Esmont village.  Maxwell Johnson, the Museum's 2018 intern from UVA's Institute for Public History, conducted the research on the historical sites in Esmont village which includes Esmont, Keene, Porters District, Chestnut Grove, and Sand Road in Alberene.  Maxwell also photographed many of these historical sites which he included along with his research data on the churches, homes, schools, and businesses.  To learn more, visit The Esmont Community

Thank you, Maxwell Johnson, for your excellent historical research, photography, and dedication to our Esmont survey project!  Additionally we want to thank the Mellon Foundation, who funded Maxwell's internship with the Museum, and Lisa Goff, Director of the Institute For Public History, who identified this funding for the Museum.  And we also want to thank our Museum volunteers, Fannie Louden, Evelyn Edson, and Connie Geary for managing this project and processing the wonderful project results for our web site!

Lieutenant Hopkins Hardin, Co. C, 19th Virginia Infantry
Lieutenant Hopkins Harding, Co. C, 19th VA Infantry Hopkins Hardin was a Confederate soldier, who served in Company C, 19th Virginia Infantry.  At the age of 23, he entered Company C in April 1861, enlisting at Scottsville, Virginia.  He fought in all of the principal battles and skirmishes of his division, taking part in such actions as those at Bull Run (first and second battles), Williamsburg, Fredericksburg, Boonsborough, and, last all, he was in that great decisive battle which determined the fate of the Southern Confederacy, the battle of Gettysburg.  In this battle, Hopkins was wounded three times; he had been wounded previously at both Fredericksburg and Boonsborough.  There was no question as to his bravery, his ardor, or his enthusiasm in battle.  Young Hopkins Hardin was a dedicated Virginia soldier.

For more information on Lieutenant Hardin's Civil War service and his family, visit Hopkins Hardin.



Highlights, December 2018

  Scottsville Tree Lighting at Canal Basin Square, 1 December 2018
Scottsville Tree Lighting, 1 Dec. 2018, 5:45 PM, CBS

        The festivities are sponsored by the Scottsville Arts and Culture and will include:

Music by Butch Taylor and friends

Christmas Carols with Angela Zongilla-Herstek and friends

Cookies, Hot Cocoa, and Visits with Santa

Tree Lighting at 6:05 pm


Highlights, November 2018

  Jack Maxwell Wins Golf Gold Medal at Special Olympics, 4 November 2018:
Scottsville Museum Volunteer Wins Golf Gold Medal at Special Olympics
   Volunteer Jack Maxwell managing traffic and safety at the Museum's Twilight Tours in October 2018

We proudly share the news about Jack Maxwell, a Scottsville resident and volunteer at Scottsville Museum, who won a gold medal in golf in the Virginia State Special Olympics Championships during the weekend of 3-4 November!  The golf championship was played at the First Tee of Hampton Roads in Virginia Beach.  Jack represented Virginia's Area 3 in the tournament, which includes Albemarle County, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Greene, and Louisa.  This was Jack's second straight year participating in the event, which he finished in a four-way tie for fourth place in 2017.  Jack said that being more prepared and confident helped him win the golf gold medal this year, which he said largely resulted from practicing three hours a day leading up to the tournament.  Congratulations, Jack!

Jack has been a faithful volunteer in the Museum's Twilight Tours for the past six years.  Each tour night, Jack manages the car traffic driving along Main and Valley Streets as each Tour crosses those streets to reach locations where our historic reenactors relay the story of people from Scottsville's past.  He is always careful, helpful, and cheerful as he shepherds tour takers to safety.  Thank you, Jack, and enjoy your golfing gold medal, too!



Museum's 2019 Membership Drive:
Our Museum has become an example of what a small town museum can accomplish.  In order to continue the preservation and promotion of our local history, we need your help.  Please renew your membership today for 2018.  Even a $25 donation will help, but $50 will help twice as much.  Thank you again for your continuing, generous support.  You are our strength.  For additional membership information, please visit
Application.

Online Donations:  If you would like to donate to Scottsville Museum online, using Paypal or a credit card, please click on the 'Donate' button below:



Highlights, October 2018
  Twilight Tours Through Scottsville History, 20-21 October 2018:
Twilight Tours Through Scottsville History 2018
Tour Guide Dan Gritsko leads first Twilight Tour on Saturday, 20 October 2018

The Scottsville Museum hosted its sixth annual "Twilight Tours Through Scottsville History" on the weekend of October 20-21 in Scottsville.  The project, led by Museum Volunteer Terri Long and staged by local actors, featured seven characters from Scottsville's history ranging from 1781 - 2016.  The actors portraying these people from our local history were Terri Long, Kit Decker, Bob Talbott, John Settle, Miranda Burnett, Richard and Raven Morris, and Ralph Lewis.

Shown above is Daniel Gritsko, one of seven tour guides leading our Tours through the evening streets of Scottsville.  Many thanks to Dan, Mike West, Andy Wilson, Stuart Munson, Shannon Bittner, Ron Smith, B. Maxwell, and Jack Maxwell who kept our visitors safe from car traffic passing by our walking tours.  Special thanks are due to Lizz Koedam, who very effectively managed our ticket check-in process at Scottsville Museum both nights.  The Museum also appreciates the support to the Tours provided by Connie Geary, Leanne Grove, Evelyn Edson, Ruth Klippstein, Lisa Bittner, Kristin Freshwater & SCAN, and Scottsville United Methodist Church.

To see photos of Twilight Tours reenactors in action, visit Twilight Tours 2018.




Twilight Tours Through Scottsville History, 20-21 October 2018:
Twilight Tours Through Scottsville History 2018

Scottsville Museum announces the sixth annual "Twilight Tours through Scottsville History," happening on Saturday and Sunday, 20-21 October 2018.  Come and take a lamplight stroll through historic Scottsville with your tour guide and encounter town residents from bygone eras.  Hear their tales and recollections, see notable places and people brought to life from the pages of history.

Travel with Christopher Hudson as he recounts his ride to Monticello and warns Jefferson of the approaching British Army in 1781.  Meet Cenie Hornung Moon, who lived in Honolulu during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and hear her recount what happened on the date that will live in infamy.  Listen to T.J. Sellers, a true son of the South, raised in Esmont, VA.  Mr. Sellers was a pioneering African-American journalist, editor, and newspaper publisher.  He advocated for equal rights for all people and was instrumental in forcing the University of Virginia's Law School to accept it's first black student.

Scottsville's own, A. Raymon Thacker, Mayor Emeritus and 32nd Degree Mason, and several other figures from the past complete the cast and will recount events spanning from the 1800's until the 1980's.

These hour-long, outdoor walking tours are not handicap-accessible and depart every 20 minutes from the Scottsville Museum on Saturday and Sunday, 20-21 October.  Please dress appropriately for an outdoor, evening walking tour. 

Returning this year to our Twilight Tours, is an indoor performance (handicap-accessible) at Scottsville's Victory Hall located at 401 Valley Street.  This indoor performance is scheduled for 2 to 3 pm on Sunday, 21 October 2018, and tickets will be available at Victory Hall.



The Freight Boat, Lizzie of Scottsville, Nears Completion at Canal Basin Square
Lizzie of Scottsville at Canal Basin Square, Scottsville, 22 August 2018
The Lizzie, a Canal Freight Boat Replica at Canal Basin Square (CBS) in Scottsville

This past May, the Town of Scottsville contracted with Doug Hurr to build a small class, open deck freight boat to be named the "Lizzie of Scottsville."  The Lizzie will fill the third and final slip in the CBS plan.  The Lizzie was originally built at the Tutwiler boat house just down the street from CBS during the days of the James River and Kanawha Canal.  The new version of this boat is being built by Doug Hurr with the assistance of volunteers, Frank Sherwood, Kit Decker, and John Bowers and is expected to be completed at the end of August 2018.  Additionally, Jeff Falls of Richmond built and donated a 4'x 4' replica of a hogshead for display with the Lizzie.

During canal days, mules towed the freight boat up and down the canal.  A driver walked alongside the mule or rode the rear mule as the animals walked along the canal's towpath.  The mules were changed regularly; relief mules were stabled on the boat.  A steersman rode on the boat to guide it safely along the canal and to blow a horn to signal each lock keeper to prepare the lock to receive the boat as it approached.


Lizzie Crew Cabin in front of  boat's rudder and tillerHogshead
  Lizzie's Crew Cabin, Rudder, and Tiller                Hogshead to hold tobacco to and from the Lizzie


Hogsheads of tobacco and grain were carried on the decks of such freight boats as the Lizzie.  Smaller and lighter freight was loaded below deck via the two hatches on its deck; see Lizzie's hatches in the larger photo above.

Scottsville Museum and canal history buffs wish to thank the Town of Scottsville, Mr. Hurr, and the many volunteers who assisted him in building the Lizzie.  A job most well done and a tremendous visual addition for everyone wanting to learn more about Scottsville's canal days!  Town visitors and citizens, do come see all of the interesting canal history on display at Canal Basin Square!!

The Scottsville Sun Online!
Scottsville Museum is pleased to announce that 40 editions of the 1952 Scottsville Sun newspaper are now online on our web site!  During this past summer, Scottsville resident, Robert K. Spencer, shared his collection of these newspapers for scanning and research use by the Museum.  Nicole Penn, our 2015 intern from the University of Virginia's Institute for Public History (IPH), scanned Mr. Spencer's newspapers for the Museum and created finding aids for each newspaper dating from 1952-1960's.  Museum staff just completed processing the 1952 newspapers for online use and will continue processing the rest of the newspapers for upload to our web site over the next few months.

The Scottsville Sun was organized in October 1951, thanks to the efforts of Scottsville's Lions Club, and was published by the Amherst Publishing Company.  The newspaper's first editor was J. Bernard McDearman, and its first managing editor was Elizabeth Wimer. As a newspaper dedicated to serving the Scottsville community living in Albemarle, Fluvanna, and Buckingham counties, the Scottsville Sun covered local news and events in addition to publishing columns on subjects ranging from politics, to farming techniques, to housekeeping advice.  This newspaper maintained a circulation of roughly 500 to 1000 readers, and was active from 1951 into the 1960's.

Kudos to Nicole for her excellent internship product, and special thanks to UVA's Music Library which allowed Nicole to use their large format scanner to complete our project!  To learn more about this project and view scanned images of these newspapers, please visit:
The Scottsville Sun.

Business Ledgers of Scottsville Area, 1817 - 1926:
Fleming Turner Ledger, 1822-1827 Shown at right is the Fleming Turner Daybook, dated 1822-1827, that details the products and daily costs of Mr. Turner's farm in New Canton, Buckingham County, VA.  This ledger is one of approximately 45 historic ledgers of local farms and businesses for the time period 1817 - 1926 which are preserved in the collections of Scottsville Museum.  Thanks to the dedicated efforts of Sydney Morgan and Julia Spong, Institute for Public History interns at the Museum in 2012-2013, these ledgers were photographed and collection finding aids developed for 20 of them.  Each ledger includes an inventory of the ledger contents, a detailed name index of business and patron names, and the research results on the farm and/or business owner who recorded transactions in that ledger.  These finding aids have been added to our Museum web site, and to learn more, please visit,
Ledgers.

New Educational Activities For Kids:
Scottsville Museum is proud to announce we have added new educational activities to our web site for children in Grades 3 and 4.  These activities are based on six selected themes in Scottsville's history from 1732 to present: The Monacans; A Community Begins (1744-1762); Batteau Era; Canal Era (1830-1881); Civil War (1861-1865); and Floods.  These activities were created by Rachel Gottlieb, a former Institute For Public History intern at the Museum, who earned a Masters of Teaching from the University of Virginia.  Rachel's online educational materials include a teacher's guide, historical fact sheets for each theme, and activities that may include role playing, critical thinking, comparing and contrasting exercises, and matching games.   Rachel geared these activities to Virginia's Standards of Learning (SOL) for Grades 3 and 4.  These activities will be available online for parents and teachers seeking supplemental educational materials to teach local Virginia history, geography, government, and critical thinking.  Thank you, Rachel, for sharing your superb teaching skills with students of Albemarle County history!

To explore these new educational activities for kids, please visit
More Activities.

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