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We are especially grateful to our members and volunteers, donors and good friends who help to support the Society each and every year. The 2014 Fluvanna History #88 is in the mail to the membership. Let us know how you like it. If you haven't yet renewed your membership for 2015, please send in your renewal dues or a new membership makes an excellent gift!



Staff Changes at Our Historical Society

Retirement of Executive Director Judith Mickelson

A message from President Marvin Moss

            Our Executive Director, Judith Mickelson, started her position in August 2005, as the Director of Museums. She quickly moved into the role as Executive Director, and has been working to accomplish our mission of preservation and education. Ms. Mickelson established a fine-tuned historical society, expanding the legacy of her mentors. As the first Director at the Society in a full-time position, Judith was able to extend her time to introduce new programs, a lecture series, holiday programs and other events, as well as manage the museums, tours, exhibits and the archive collection. Starting an Intern Program at the Society benefited both the Society and the students coming from our local high school. Many of the interns returned after their college freshman year to continue the work of archival preservation at the Society during the summers. Working closely with me and the Board, our many new programs and outreach inspired by Judith served to enhance the reputation of our growing historical society.

            I cannot thank her enough for all she has contributed to our Society and our community over these years.  She will still be involved with the Society but in a different capacity – as a friend and enthusiastic support of all we do.  

            Judith will be retiring in March 2015 after almost a decade of service to the Society. She will be greatly missed by all of us, and we know that she will continue to be a great success in whatever she undertakes in the future.

            Beginning in January 2015, we welcome Tricia Johnson, our new Interim Director. Tricia will be working part-time at the Society headquarters. Tricia is a journalist and former director of a non-profit in Fluvanna. She has lived in our county for many years with her family. Her experience and her presence set the stage for an excellent transition. With her professional manner and high standards for education and history, we are looking forward to welcoming Tricia. She has had years of experience in volunteer management, and has developed programs in public education and event coordination. She is well-versed in our Fluvanna history, and will be an excellent representative for the Society.

            Judith will be working with her as we transition to a new part-time director.  Meanwhile, please welcome Tricia Johnson to her new position with the Society.



Our latest arrival!

The Artist at Melrose

The Society's newest publication, The Artist at Melrose, is now available for purchase. Honoring the late Ellen Miygawa's talent as an artist, the volume includes Ellen's black and white sketches of homes and buildings in Fluvanna, as well as a stunning color section of her paintings. Edited by Judith Mickelson and David Bearr, this book was made possible by a generous grant from Robert Miyagawa. Press Release, In The News. Please click here to order.

Maggie's House, home of the Society.


The Old Stone Jail Museum and the Holland Page Place are closed for regular tours. We welcome visitors and groups to our museums by appointment throughout the year. Please contact Judith Mickelson at 434.589.7910 for a specially-arranged date to tour the museums.

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Fluvanna History # 88, "A Trio of Commemorations, 50th Anniversary Fluvanna Historical Society - Sesquicentennials , American Civil War and The Emancipation Proclamation" , Edited by David W.C. Bearr, 2014 now available. Articles by Marvin Moss, David W.C. Bearr, Minnie Lee McGehee, and, Tammy Purcell. Extra copies area available for purchase.

The Fluvanna County Historical Society, with over 500 members, is a non-profit community organization whose mission is to preserve Fluvanna County’s heritage. The Society is organized exclusively for historical, educational and preservation purposes. The Society owns and operates a research center at Maggie’s House, its headquarters in the center of Palmyra. We encourage all citizens with an interest in Fluvanna County’s rich history to join the Society and to participate in our many cultural and civic programs. This site provides all the information you will need about the Society, its Museums and Archives and its programs.


Please remember the Fluvanna Historical Society in your estate planning and year-end donations. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and your charitable donation is tax-deductible. We are grateful for any financial contributions you make, large or small. No gift is too small and always appreciated.

Last updated:02/11/15

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