In 2018, the Louisa County Historical Society began an oral history project with the goal of documenting a broad and accurate picture of life in Louisa County during the 1950s by recording the memories of the people who lived it. The oral histories illustrate both similarities and differences in personal experiences and show that there is no one singular experience of Louisa County during the 1950s. This exhibit highlights major themes that emerged from the first year of this multi-year research project.
The oral history project was made possible through grant funding from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation’s Enriching Communities Program. The documentary film was made possible through grant funding from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation's Louisa Fund Program. The film was produced by three Louisa County High School interns: Toby Craig, Alex de Montbel, and Tyler Yeatts. This exhibition was curated by Steven Jakobovic.
We are deeply grateful to those who shared their memories with us and those who worked on the oral history interviews, research, and this exhibition.
We are a community-based organization focused on preserving, protecting and promoting Louisa History in new ways.
Get to know the county's distinctive features and historical figures as you drive back roads or walk town streets.
Photos from the sixth annual Heritage Day Festival!
Long before the arrival of European explorers, the North American Continent was home to thousands of native tribes living in thousands of villages and towns from coast to coast. Learn more about the tribes that lived in the Louisa area.
Historical Society staff, volunteers, and community members have recorded over 200 African American burial sites across Louisa County. Many of these sites contain the remains of people who died enslaved. The location of the cemeteries have been uploaded to the State's historic site registry.
Follow our interactive timeline to explore the journey of women and African Americans toward equal rights in Louisa County from 1865-1965. Learn about the struggles, those who led the way, and the experience of all along the path.
We are dedicated to enhancing Louisa County citizens' and visitors' understanding of our fascinating history. Your contribution today helps us make a difference as we open paths for dialogue about our vibrant and complex story.
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