Charlottesville is steeped in Americana history, and this weekend offers a summer’s bounty of learning opportunities. As the summer winds up, squeeze one more lazy summer weekend into your schedule, with a side of history. Check out below what local travel Charlottesville attractions have to offer.
In the morning on Saturday Aug. 15, ride the Hatton Ferry in Scottsville; view antique farming equipment at Saunders Brothers Orchards, or partake in Americana memorabilia at the Annual Schuyler Day at Walton’s Mountain Museum. If planned properly, all three events might make a day of activity with country road driving in between, if you packed a picnic lunch. (Or stopped by a brewery on Nelson 151 for a mid-day repast.)
Saunders Brothers is just about an hour’s drive from Charlottesville down Route 29 South or a little longer taking scenic backroads. The antique farm equipment will be on display from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and The Ridge Runners will play live country music throughout the day. Saunders Brother’s Inc. is located at 2717 Tye Brook Highway, Piney River, VA 22964; phone 434-277-5455 for more information.
Open to visitors from 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., the Annual Schuyler Day celebrations at Walton’s Mountain Museum in Schuyler, Va., are only a short 40 minutes’ drive from the Saunders Brothers location (away from Nelson 151 and back towards Charlottesville). The Walton’s Mountain Museum enshrines the country living days of the Great Depression and World War II as told by the 1970s television series, “The Waltons.” (Read more.) Located at 6484 Rockfish River Road in Schuyler, the Walton’s Mountain Museum is roughly halfway between Saunders Brothers and the Hatton Ferry. The museum can be reached at 434-831-3200.
Another 30 minutes of driving from Walton’s Mountain Museum will bring you to the Hatton Ferry landing. The Hatton Ferry in Scottsville is one of the last of its kind, still transporting automobiles across the James River, seasonally every April-October. Catch a ferry across the Jame River between 9:00 a.m.-5:00 pm., Saturday, Aug. 15. Although an interesting experience, the drive to the ferry point will likely be longer than the actual ferry ride itself. There is a small nominal fee. The Hatton Ferry is located at 10120 Hatton Ferry Rd, Scottsville, VA, 24590 (phone: 434-296-1492).
Taking the itinerary in reverse, The Hatton Ferry is also about a 40 minutes’ drive from Charlottesville. Make a day of it by packing a picnic, or trying out a brew pub. Nelson 151’s brew pubs are only 40 minutes (Wild Wolf Brewing Co.) or 50 minutes (Blue Mountain Brewery) away from Saunders Brothers, making an early lunch, or in the reverse direction, dinner a possible itinerary item.
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