On Saturday, October 6th from 1-6PM at Stanardsville Courthouse Square, the town’s first annual Oktoberfest will bring friends and neighbors together for an exciting community event. Filled with good food, drink, and music as well as games, exhibits, numerous attractions and even a costume contest, this free, family-friendly event is a can’t miss addition to any family’s calendar. But it is the tour immediately following Oktoberfest where guests might scare up the most fun.
As the skies begin to darken, volunteers from the Stanardsville Day Independence Day Committee, the Greene Historic Society, JMU Alpha Psi Omega service fraternity, and local Civil War reenactors will fan out across town while docents offer guests a guided tour through Stanardsville.
During the tour, guests will learn about some of our town’s more memorable citizens and events. Covering stories from colonial times through to the 1950’s, guests will enjoy the sometimes quirky, sometimes dark history of Stanardsville and will hear the tales of the ghosts that call it home. Stories of murder, intrigue, and loss taken straight from the newspapers of the day will be added to firsthand accounts and living history exhibits in order to provide guests with an immersive, entertaining experience.
The tour is family-friendly but may not be suited for little children owing to the scary nature of the tales being told. Stories may include discussions of acts of historical violence or spooky happenings.