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Highlights, July 2020
  YES, Scottsville Museum is Reopening!!   11 July 2020, 10AM-5PM
Scottsville Museum is delighted to announce that the Museum will reopen on Saturday, 11 July 2020, at 10 am and close for the day at 5 pm.  We will also be open on Sunday, 12 July 2020, from 1:00-5:00 pm.  Thereafter, the Museum will be open on each Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday from 1-5pm through October 2020 unless we are otherwise advised by Virginia guidelines based on a possible resurgence of COVID-19 infections in our state.  If we must close prior to our planned date in October 2020 per VA guidance, then we will advise our fans via a posting on our website (  and via e-mail.

FYI, The Museum will operate under Virginia's 2020 Phase 3 reopening guidelines for Museums.  Our Museum will have an occupancy limit of 15 (50% of capacity).  Visitors and Museum docents should not enter the Museum if one has a fever or other COVID-19 symptom, or has been exposed to a COVID-19 case in the last 14 days.  Please stay six feet away from others, and please wear a mask.  The Museum also will have hand-sanitizer on hand for docent and visitor usage.  Additionally, the Museum will sanitize applicable areas in the Museum, such as front door handle and the registration desk at our entrance, prior to opening each Saturday and Sunday during Phase III.

We look forward to seeing you at Scottsville Museum - stay safe and wear a mask to do your part to stop the spread of COVID-19, too.

Highlights, June 2020
  Bird Life in Scottsville by Our President, Evelyn Edson
A birds' egg collection assembled by C.B. Harris, Jr, in 1895
Above is the collection of birds' eggs assembled by Charles Bascom Harris, Jr., in 1895.

Over the years, the Scottsville Museum has received many interesting and varied donations from the people of Scottsville.  We do not have room to have all of these donated artifacts on display at one time, so some are neatly packed away.  I had a call a few weeks ago asking about the collection of birds' eggs which the caller had seen in the Museum.  Yes, we still have them!  In 1895, Charles Bascom Harris, Jr., assembled a collection of local birds' eggs and mounted them carefully in a glass case.  Bird-watchers will recognize most of the names as birds that we still see around us--from common ones, such as house wren, chimney swift, cardinal, and robin to some seen less frequently such as Wilson's snipe and great crested flycatcher.  For some birds, he provided local names, such as field lark for meadowlark, whicker for flicker, and chewit for towhee.  Mr. Harris noted the rarity of two of the eggs in the collection: black vulture and turkey.  Although the birds themselves were not rare, the eggs were difficult to find.

Nowadays one must have special permission to collect birds' eggs.  Mr. Harris said he was once criticized for "breaking up the poor little birdies' nests."  He replied that his collecting activity inspired him with a lifelong love for birds.  Interviewed in 1957, he said that he still enjoyed watching the birds around his feeders.  After his death, his daughter, Kitty Harris Rice of Austin, Texas, donated his collection to the Museum.

Charles Bascom Harris, Jr., 1902Mr. Harris (shown at right in 1902) was born in 1883 and grew up at Fairview (now called High Meadows) in Scottsville.  In 1912, Mr. Harris took over his father's store on Valley Street and ran the business until he sold it in 1929.  He moved to Charlottesville in 1939, but maintained his contact with Scottsville, making out the town's tax bills for over 20 years.  Mr. Harris married Alexina Harrison of Gordsonville in 1912.  Their wedding was said to be the first wedding in 30 years to be conducted at St. John's Episcopal Church in Scottsville.  He and his wife had four daughters and one son.

We are still hoping to open Scottsville Museum sometime this summer.  We will advise our readers of the date/time of our opening via e-mail and online here on our News and Current Events webpage.  When we do open, plan to come by and look at our historic egg collection!

To learn more about Charles Bascom Harris, Jr., and his family, visit:

Salute to Robert Kirkwood Spencer (1935-2020) by Evelyn Edson
Robert Kirkwood Spencer (1935-2020)Today we devote our Museum news to the passing of Robert K. Spencer, a lifelong resident of Scottsville and a loyal member of the Scottsville Museum Board.  We recently referred you to our biography of him in the "Portraits" section of the Museum's website; see:
Robert Kirkwood Spencer.  Today I want to add a few personal memories of Bobby.

Bobby was a gifted and dynamic theater director.  In December 1986, he directed Earl Hamner's "The Homecoming" in the auditorium of the old Scottsville High School.  The cast was recruited locally, including my two children.  Ben, who was nine, had a non-speaking part in the cast of numerous Spencer children, and Meredith played a sulky teen-ager.  Janet Stargell was Mrs. Spencer, and her daughter Jenna, age 5, was the youngest person in the cast.  The Reverend Maynard Jones and the Union Branch Baptist Church of Arvonia put on an inspiring Christmas pageant, while comic relief was provided by Eula Woody and Dot Jetton and "their recipe," an essential ingredient in fruit cake.  The story is set on Christmas Eve, when the oldest son is sent out to find his father, who has not yet returned home.  In his quest, he visits people and tours places well known to the local audience.  Bobby often recalled this production with fondness, as do I.  This was the first production of the Horseshoe Bend Players of Scottsville, which subsequently put on a number of successful plays, including a revival of "Homecoming" in 1996 with many of the same actors.  Thanks to Janet Stargell for helping me with these reminiscences.

I was fortunate to attend Bobby's 65th anniversary performance as a magician in 2011.  He had become interested in magic as a young boy, and through the years had honed his skills.  He was particularly outstanding for his dramatic flair and commanding stage presence.  The audience that evening gasped and laughed as he worked his way through his repertory, accompanied by several of his magic students.  It was a night to remember!

Bobby died on Thursday, May 28, 2020.  Those wishing to pay their respects may visit Thacker Brothers Funeral Home on Tuesday, June 2, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.  A memorial service will be held at some future date.

Peter Jefferson's Snowdon by Joanne L. Yeck
Peter Jefferson's Snowdon by Joanne L. Yeck
Peter Jefferson's Snowdon, A History of Settlement at the Horseshoe Bend, is the latest Virginia history book by Joanne Yeck and is now available for purchase on  Beginning in the 1720's, a small group of men based in Goochland County, Virginia, began to migrate west, along the James River, settling the frontier which lay at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  A few stopped at what is known as the Horseshoe Bend, a particularly beautiful and fertile spot in the river.  Today, the modern counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, and Fluvanna, converge there at the village of Scottsville.

In the early 1740's, President Thomas Jefferson's father, Peter, already a successful surveyor and land speculator, was quick to realize the commercial value of the spot when the newly formed Albemarle County located its seat at the Horseshoe Bend.

This volume tells the story of settlement on the south side of the James River and the development of the plantation Peter Jefferson would call Snowdon, a very valuable farm with a complex history.  Get your copy now at and enjoy!  All proceeds from the sale of this book go to the Central Virginia Genealogical Association.

Highlights, May 2020
  SCAN's Inaugural Founders Gala ONLINE, 23 May 2020, 7 PM
This year is a big one for Scottsville's Center for the Arts and the Natural Environment (SCAN) and Scottsville!   SCAN's founder, Mary Hardy, would have been 95; SCAN is celebrating its 15th anniversary as a local arts and environmental non-profit; and Victory Hall turns 100!

To honor its past and pave the way for the future, SCAN's Founders Gala Performances and Art Auction is open to all and may be viewed online at 7 pm on Saturday, 23 May 2020 at:

SCAN's Gala will host music rooted in bluegrass and folk, inspired by the Piedmont's landscape of rolling hills and winding rivers; musical performances will be by banjoist and guitarist, Eddie Adcock, and by Eliza Hardy, granddaughter of Mary Hardy.  There will also be an art auction of artworks by artists, who have chosen to donate their time and work to SCAN to build the best for our community.  The funds raised by the online art auction will be used to further develop SCAN's Performing and Visual Arts programming for Scottsville and its rural and urban communities.  You can help by donating to SCAN or by bidding online on an Auction item.  So grab a glass of wine and enjoy this online event!

Eddie Adcock, Award-Winning Banjoist and Bluegrass Artist Eddie Adcock, 2014
Eddie Adcock was born in Scottsville and is the son of Bennie and Senora Ann Adcock.  Eddie is an award-winning American banjoist and guitarist, who lived in Scottsville until he was 16.  His professional career as a 5-string banjoist began in 1953 when he joined Smokey Graves and his Blue Star Boys, who had a regular show at a radio station in Crewe, Virginia.  Eddie later joined the band, The Country Gentlemen, and their vocal and instrumental synergy prompted a reinvention and elevation of their sound, sound revitalizing bluegrass music itself. In 1996, they were the first group to be inducted into the international Bluegrass Music Association's Hall of Fame as a band entity.

Eddie has performed with his wife, Martha Adcock, since 1973, and they live in Lebanon, Tennessee.  In May each year, Eddie and Martha travel back to visit their family and friends in Scottsville.  Their 2020 visit to Scottsville will occur on Saturday, May 23, 2020, as Eddie will also perform at the online Inaugural Founder's Gala, sponsored by Scottsville's Center for the Arts and Nature; see above link to the online SCAN concert!

To learn more about Eddie Adcock's Scottsville life and his career as a banjoist, guitarist, and bluegrass artist, visit,
Eddie Adcock.

Janie Caldwell, 1st-Grade Teacher at Scottsville School For 36 Years
Janie (Seay) Caldwell, 1957

Janie (Seay) Caldwell grew up in Scottsville and was the daughter of Everette Meade Seay and Martha Virginia (Ranson) Seay.  Janie began her grade school education at old Scottsville School, a two-room school which was located on the lot where the Scottsville Library is currently located.  She graduated from Scottsville High School in 1933 and obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in teaching from the State Teachers College in Harrisonburg.  After graduating from college, Janie taught first grade for 36 years and 2nd grade for one year at Scottsville School, retiring in 1972. 

To learn more about Mrs. Caldwell's teaching career and many contributions to Scottsville, please visit:
Janie (Seay) Caldwell, First Grade Teacher at Scottsville School.

Highlights, April 2020
  Robert Kirkwood Spencer, A Man Of Many Talents
Robert Kirkwood Spencer
Robert "Bobby" Kirkwood Spencer was born in 1935 and is the son of Kirkwood A. Spencer and Louise P. (Pitts) Spencer.  Bobby was raised in Scottsville and is a 1953 graduate of Scottsville High School.  Bobby attended the University of Richmond and earned his degree in English.  Then he attended Wake Forest University and earned a master's degree in divinity.  Bobby began a 31-year career at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia where he taught English as well as psychology, sociology, and religious studies.  He has lived a life full of many interests in which he excels including co-founder of Scottsville Museum, former Mayor of Scottsville, and gifted magician.

To learn more about Bobby Spencer's history and life in Scottsville, visit:
Robert Kirkwood Spencer.

Salute to Virginia McCraw Lumpkin, 1924-2020

Scottsville Museum wishes to honor Virginia McCraw Lumpkin, a wonderful Scottsville business lady since 1947, who passed away on March 20, 2020, in Charlottesville.

Virginia began working at Agnes Payne Beal's grocery store on Valley St. in 1947, and then was offered a job in 1950 at the Traveler's Rest Inn at the corner of Valley and Main Street.  She married Nelson Lumpkin in 1955, and they went to work in the restaurant business in Scottsville, constructing the well-known Lumpkins Motel and Restaurant in Scottsville in 1970.  This much-loved restaurant is still in operation today!

In addition to running a great restaurant, Virginia worked every day, told tons of interesting stories, and said working at the restaurant "makes me happy!"  Dear Virginia, thank you and know that you will be greatly missed in Scottsville!

To learn more about Virginia's history and life in Scottsville, please visit:
Virginia McCraw Lumpkin.

We Wish Things Were Different:
Scottsville Museum's planned Spring Opening on 5 April has been postponed until further notice.  Additionally, our Museum will not reopen in April 2020 for our regular hours (Saturdays, 10 am to 5 pm; Sundays, 1 to 5pm) or by appointment.  This difficult decision has been made from concern for the safety and health of our visitors and our volunteers.  It is our hope that during this time, we can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and do everything we can to ensure the safety of all.  Please continue to check our website and our e-mails as we will provide updates there on our progress towards reopening when it is safe for all.  Thank you for your understanding during this time, and please stay well!

Evelyn Edson, President, and Our Board of Trustees

Sue Miles in front of her parents country store in Glenmore, 1955 MARK YOUR CALENDAR -
Spring Opening at Scottsville Museum, Sunday, April 5

The Scottsville Museum will open for our 2020 season on Sunday, April 5, at 2 pm.  Our featured speaker will be Sue Miles, who grew up in Glenmore,  a small hamlet in the northwest region of Buckingham County, VA.  Sue is shown at right in front of the country store which her parents operated in Glenmore in the 1950's and 1960's.  In search of her genealogy and having an interest in sharing her memories of a bygone era, Sue authored a book entitled, Glenmore Memories of My Youth.  Sue will talk about her book and also about the challenges and rewards of writing personal histories.

Join us for refreshments and our program, and to 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:, or Tel: 434-286-2247).

Highlights, March 2020
  Laying the Masonic Lodge Cornerstone in Scottsville, 1914
A Building That's Seen A Lot!  by Ron Smith
One of the great things about Scottsville is its obvious history.  And, as visual testaments to that history are the town's historic buildings.  Glancing around, one can easily imagine some historical figure with which they are familiar strolling past or into one of these structures.  The Masonic building on East Main Street is one of these buildings; shown above is the 1914 ceremony to lay the cornerstone for this Masonic building.  Home to Scottsville Masonic Lodge No. 45 for more than one hundred years, this building has seen a lot!

To learn more about history of the Masonic Lodge building, visit:
A Building That's Seen A Lot!.

Highlights, February 2020
  Lloyd BalloweSalute to Loyd Ballowe, 1947 - 2020:
Scottsville Museum reports with great sadness the passing of Loyd Ballowe at his Scottsville home on Saturday, February 8, 2020.  Loyd was a devoted docent volunteer at the Museum and the husband of our docent coordinator, Irene Ballowe.  Many times when a docent reported to Irene that he/she was unable to cover a docent assignment due to an unexpected personal commitment elsewhere at that time, Loyd would raise his hand and tell his wife, "I'll take it, Irene."  And he drove off to the Museum at the appointed hour and cheerfully greeted Museum visitors and helped them find answers to their local history questions.

Loyd was born on June 16, 1947, in Buckingham County, Virginia, a son of the late James Tyler and Ida Louise (Adcock) Ballowe.  Loyd retired as a Lieutenant with the Virginia Department of Corrections for over 28 years and enjoyed fishing, camping, and hunting.  He was married to Irene Ballowe for over 49 years and greatly enjoyed spending time with Irene and their family.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 am on Thursday, February 13, 2020, at Thacker Brothers Funeral Home by the Reverend Wayne Tyree.  Internment will follow in the Scottsville Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

Robert Lee Bryan, Scottsville Printer and Newspaper ManRobert Lee Bryan, Scottsville Printer and Newspaper Man:
Robert Lee Bryan was born in Charlottesville, VA, in 1909, and was the son of William Whitaker Bryan and Addye Bryan.  In Charlottesville, William Bryan ran a print shop called the Virginia Printing Company, and his son, Robert, started helping his father by running printing errands for him when he was only five years old.  While attending public school in Charlottesville, Robert learned the printing trade from his father.  From 1938-1944, Robert served as the "jack-of-all-trades" on the Scottsville News, which was housed in the 19th-century tavern at the end of Scottsville's Main Street.  When new owners took over the production of the Scottsville News near the end of WWII, Robert Bryan operated a print shop in an old white frame building just off East Main Street and near the Scottsville train depot.

To learn more about Robert Lee Bryan, his family, and his printing and newspaper work in Scottsville, visit
Robert Lee Bryan, Scottsville Printer and Newspaper Man.

Feedback from Museum Fans:
Carlene Johnson, Midlothian, VA:  Our son, Maxwell Johnson, was an Institute for Public History (IPH) intern with Scottsville Museum in 2018 when he was a student at the University of Virginia.  Max has often expressed to us (and many others) how much he enjoyed working with you all and how inspired he was by the passion and knowledge of those he worked with, and by those who graciously shared their stories with him and the history he learned from his archival research as well!

Now Max is in graduate school in Quebec City at the only French-speaking-only university in Canada, broadening his perspective on the human experience (with the added boon of improving his French!)

Max wanted to make sure that money he received for Christmas went to renew his membership with the Scottsville Museum, and so I am carrying out his direction.  Thank you for the work you do -- and for energizing a whole new generation!  Best wishes for your continued success!

Shown at right is Maxwell Johnson at the Scottsville Museum's Barclay House, May 2018

Highlights, January 2020
  Rita Nora Burgess, ca. 2018Salute to Rita Nora (Pollard) Burgess, 1931-2019:
Scottsville Museum sadly reports the passing of Rita Nora Burgess, nee Nora Elizabeth Pollard, who passed away on December 31, 2019, in Darby, Pennsylvania.  Rita (shown at right) was born on January 21, 1931, in Charlottesville and was the daughter of Francis Kerr Pollard and Verna (Robertson) Pollard.  Rita graduated from Scottsville High School in 1948 and attended Longwood College in a two-year Secretarial Business Program.  Later she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. degree in history in 1973.  She also earned her Master of Library Science from Villanova University in 1984 and Master of Library Science from Villanova University in 1984.  Rita married William 'Harold' Burgess, Jr.(1930-2015), who was the grandson of Scottsville's noted photographer, William E. Burgess.  Rita and Harond, her husband, lived for many years in Palmyra, VA.

Rita was very interested in local history and was a member of the Scottsville Museum and of the Fluvanna Historical Society.  In the early 2000's, Rita contacted the Scottsville Museum about helping us to identify some of the Scottsville people contained in our Burgess photos and also of the photos she let us scan that were contained in her husband's collection of W.E. Burgess photographs.  We learned much about the identities and history behind our growing collection of W.E. Burgess photographs, thanks to Rita's help.  Rita was an active supporter of Scottsville Museum and its efforts to document our artifacts and digital archives.  It was our extreme pleasure to work with Rita and to learn from her many contributions to capturing Scottsville's history.  Thank you, Rita Nora Burgess -- you will be greatly missed!

A funeral service for Rita Nora Burgess will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at Thacker Brothers Lake Monticello Funeral Home.  For more information, please see her obituary in The Daily Progress Rita Nora Burgess Obituary.

John B. AndersonStories About John B. Anderson (1819-1893),
A Farmer and Carpenter Near Scottsville

John B. Anderson was born in 1819 in Louisa County, VA, and in the 1850's, John inherited a 1000-acre farm on the border of Albemarle and Fluvanna county and near Scottsville.  He was a farmer and a self-taught carpenter, and in his 40's, John served as a Private in the Civil War with Company C, 60th Virginia Infantry.  After the war, John (shown at right) returned to his farm where his first wife, Mary Elizabeth Morris (1823-1893), was raising their ten children.  John was highly respected in the Scottsville area as a man of his word and for his farming and carpentry skills, so well-respected that his family and friends referred to him as 'Captain' John B. Anderson.

In 1971, Thomas Cleveland Sadler authored a book, entitled "Memories of Bygone Days," in honor of his wife, Fannie (Anderson) Sadler, on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary.  Fannie was the granddaughter of John B. Anderson, and remembered many fond family stories about her grandfather, which her husband captured in his book.

To learn more about John B. Anderson's Civil War service, family, and Albemarle life, visit
John B. Anderson, 60th Virginia Infantry.

Highlights, December 2019
  2019 Festival of Lights2019 Festival of Lights in Scottsville, 30 November-
08 December 2019

Come and enjoy the 2019 Annual Festival of Lights in Scottsville!  This year it will take place at the Scottsville Town Hall Council Chambers (2nd floor of Victory Hall, 401 Valley Street, Scottsville, VA) on Saturday and Sunday, November 30th and December 1st, and Saturday and Sunday, December 7th & 8th from 2pm until 7pm.  Come and enjoy the Festival of Lights which brings the magic of Christmas to children and adults alike.  The Festival of Lights is a room full of colorful and festive Christmas trees and lights provided by Scottsville's local businesses, organizations and individuals.  This Festival is sponsored by the Scottsville Chamber of Commerce.  Admission is free!

Highlights, November 2019

Jack Maxwell Wins Second Golf Gold Medal at Special Olympics
03 November 2019:
Jack Maxwell Wins Gold Medal, 03 Nov. 2019
Jack Maxwell, a Scottsville resident and volunteer at Scottsville Museum, won a gold medal in golf in the Virginia State Special Olympics Championships during the weekend of 2-3 November!  The golf championship was played at the Virginia Beach National Golf Club.  Jack (shown at right) represented Virginia's Area 3 in the tournament, which includes Albemarle County, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Greene, and Louisa.  Previously, Jack won a gold medal in golf in the 2018 Special Olympics held at the Virginia Beach First Tee course.  This year (2019), not only did he have the challenge of a tougher golf course than at last year's Virginia Beach First Tee, Jack also had a pulled muscle in his right arm that caused elbow pain during his practice rounds leading up to the event.  Jack went to his doctor the week before the tournament to get the doctor's assessment of his arm's healing progress and make sure he was healthy to play in this year's tournament.

With this 2019 win, Jack wants to be selected for the next Special Olympics USA Summer Games which will be in Orlando in June 2022.  A win there could lead to a later opportunity of the 2023 Special Olympics World Games in Berlin.  But, first, Jack is taking a mini-vacation nowhere near the golf course to give his pulled muscle time to fully heal - something that he has not been able to do while practicing for this 2-3 November 2019 tournament.

Jack has been a faithful volunteer in the Museum's Twilight Tours for the past seven 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 second golfing gold medal, too!
   Jack Maxwell Photo by WINA Radio

Peter Valentine Foland, Great Grandson of Randolph Jefferson:
Peter Valentine Foland, ca. 1900
Peter Valentine Foland was born on January 22, 1845, in Virginia; he was the son of Valentine Foland (1810-1893) and Frances Ann Jefferson (1820-1860).  Peter Valentine Foland served in the Civil War and returned to Scottsville to claim his inheritance from his grandfather, Peter Field Jefferson, which included Mt. Walla and the Scottsville Ferry in Scottsville.  Peter Valentine Foland went on to serve as Scottsville's postmaster, as a member of the Town Council and later as Mayor of Scottsville.  He also owned and operated the Scottsville Ferry until 1907 when the new bridge over the James River at Scottsville made the ferry obsolete.  To see a larger view of Foland's image and more Foland family information and photos, visit: Peter Valentine Foland.

Museum's 2020 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 the next year.  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

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Highlights, October 2019
  Twilight Tours Through Scottsville History at Mt. Ida!
Twilight Tours Through Scottsville History at Mt. Ida
Twilight Tours through Scottsville History is taking it on the road on Sunday, October 27, and just in time for Halloween!  This special Twilight Tour performance at Mt. Ida/The Lodge Tasting Room and Tap House takes tour-goers on a scenic road trip through the hills and vales of their lovely property and to the historic homes, Mt. Ida and Mt. Pleasant, to hear from three 'spirits' along the way: Lottie Moon, William Burgess, and the Moon Ghost Story.  The tour is led by Mike West, tour guide.

This tour's shuttle departs at 5:30 pm on Sunday, 27 October, from the Tasting Room & Taphouse at Mount Ida Reserve (5600 Moonlight Drive, Charlottesville, VA).  The tour ends at approximately 6:30 pm, and each ticket costs $25.00 which may be purchased online (see below link) or at the Tasting Room & Taphouse upon arrival.

Please follow the below directions to the Tasting Room & Taphouse from Route 64 (fyi, GPS or Google Maps may not be reliable on this property):
1) Take exit 121 Scottsville/Charlottesville.
2) Head toward Scottsville (left off exit) onto Route 20 South (travel approximately 6-7 miles).
3) Turn left onto Carter Mountain Road.
4) Turn immediate right onto Secretarys Road (travel approximately 3 miles until you reach a 4-way stop.
5) At 4-way stop, turn right onto Blenheim Road (travel approximately 2.5-3 miles).
6) When you arrive at the black and gold "The Lodge" sign on the left, turn left onto Moonlight Drive through the open iron gates.
7) Follow Moonlight Drive until you reach black and gold sign, "Tasting Room & Taphouse", to the right. Turn left.

For more information about this Mt. Ida Reserve event and to purchase tickets online, visit:

Twilight Tour Through History at Mt. Ida Reserve.

Twilight Tours Through Scottsville History, 19-20 October 2019:
Bob Talbott guides first Twilight Tour on Saturday, 19 October
Bob Talbott guides first Twilight Tour on Saturday, 19 October 2019

The Scottsville Museum hosted its seventh annual "Twilight Tours Through Scottsville History" on the weekend of October 19-20 in Scottsville.  The project, led by Museum volunteers, Lisa Bittner and Miranda Burnett, was in collaboration with the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society.  Local actors told the stories of six characters from Scottsville's history ranging from 1840 - 1944, and the tour on Sunday also included local recollections of Hurricane Camille and the Vietnam Era.   The actors portraying these people and recalling events from our local history were Michael Barnes, Kit Decker, Miranda Burnett, Ralph Lewis, Matt Lawless, Shannon Bittner, Max Beers, Jack Kircher, and Dennis Nicholas.

Shown above is Bob Talbott, one of seven tour guides leading our Tours through the evening streets of Scottsville.  Many thanks to all of our guides: Bob Talbott, Dan Gritsko, B. Maxwell, Andy Wilson, Mike West, Nancy Gill, and Kate Decker.  Many thanks also to Jack Maxwell, who kept our visitors safe from car traffic passing by our walking tours and to our graphic artist, Kate Decker, who designed our engaging event posters.  Special thanks are also due to Lizz Koedam and Sue Eaton, who very effectively managed our ticket check-in process at Scottsville Museum both nights and to SCAN who supported our the Twilight Tours' indoor/handicap-accessible performance at Victory Hall on Sunday afternoon, 20 October.

Scottsville Museum also thanks the Fluvanna Farm Heritage Museum (FFHM) at Pleasant Grove, Palmyra, VA, who loaned our Museum the McCormick's reaper from their John and Mary Beth May Collection.  Thanks also to the FFHM folks (Betty McGehee, David Frazier, Jerry Lucado, and Rocky Lucado), who restored this reaper for our Museum's Twilight Tours, and to John Schlicting, who transported it to Scottsville Museum.

To see photos of Twilight Tours reenactors and other team members in action, visit
Twilight Tours 2019.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR - Twilight Tours Through Scottsville History,
19-20 October 2019:

Twilight Tours, 19-20 October 2019
Scottsville Museum is pleased to announce the seventh annual Twilight Tours Through Scottsville History, which will be presented on Saturday and Sunday, 19-20 October 2019.  The project is led by Museum volunteers, Lisa Bittner and Miranda Burnett, and is in collaboration with the Albemarle County Historical Foundation.  The Twilight Tours is staffed by volunteer guides and local actors and actresses.

Meet journalist and humorist George Bagby as he makes one final voyage to Lynchburg on a packet boat.  Overhear Green Mountain Grays' officer Robert Coles' musings on the eve of battle.  Be astonished by Cyrus McCormick's new-fangled farm implement.  Listen as Lottie Moon of Viewmont recounts her travails and tribulations in China and meet many more spirits of Scottsville's past.

These hour-long, outdoor walking tours depart, rain or shine, every 20 minutes from the Scottsville Museum on Saturday and Sunday, 19-20 October, and last approximately an hour.

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 from 2-3pm on Sunday, October 20. 

Highlights, September 2019
  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!

Richard Evans of Suffolk, VA, Visits Museum, 22 September 2019:
Richard Evans and Valerie Brautigam, 22 Sep 2019
Richard Evans with Museum Docent, Valerie Brautigam

Scottsville Museum welcomed the visit of Richard Evans of Suffolk, VA, this past Sunday.  Richard is a life member of the Museum and was married for 50 years to his wife, Eleanor Starke Evans (now deceased).  Eleanor was the descendant of Scottsville's Holladay, Dillard, and Kincaid familes.  In 2001, the Evanses shared the histories and photographs of these families and their homes (Glendower, Hatton Grange, and Cliffside) with the Museum, much of which is archived on our Museum's website.

On this lovely fall day, Richard drove to town to visit the graves of Eleanor's ancestors at Scottsville Cemetery.  Next Richard met with Connie Geary and Valerie Brautigam, volunteers at Scottsville Museum to catch up on Museum happenings.  Richard has a very interesting life -- born in Wales, England, Richard met his future wife, Eleanor, when he came to Suffolk, VA, to work at the Lipton Tea Company, a global company now owned by Unilever.  During their marriage, Richard and Eleanor traveled overseas and about the U.S., including multiple visits to Scottsville, and today Richard continues those travels and his support to Scottsville Museum and Scottsville Cementery.  Thank you, Richard, for visiting Scottsville Museum -- we had fun talking with you about Scottsville history and your many interests!

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


John Lacy Morris, Jr.

James Taylor Morris

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

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!)

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: for more information!

"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!.

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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