Marijean Oldham Book Launch: Secret Charlottesville

404 E. Main St. Charlottesville, VA 22902, null, null null


  • Presented By: New Dominion Bookshop
  • Dates: October 15, 2021
  • Location: New Dominion Bookshop
  • Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Join us as we celebrate the release of Marijean Oldham’s new book, Secret Charlottesville: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure. This in-person event will be free and open to the public. We recommend arriving early for the best seating.

About the Book: Charlottesville, Virginia is best known for its role in history, current affairs, and its connection to Thomas Jefferson, Monticello, and the University of Virginia. Secret Charlottesville: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure takes readers on a magical tour of lesser-known haunts, pulls back the curtain on the region’s historical sites, and whispers of treasures found around many corners.

This beautiful city in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains has so much to offer, including secret swimming holes like Snake Hole, unfrequented hiking trails like those at Foxhaven Farm, gorgeous hidden gardens like New Dominion Bookshop’s secret rose garden, and historic church graveyards, like Grace Episcopal Church in Keswick. Learn where to find hidden restaurants, like Vu Noodles or Lampo, to delight your palate. Climb a keelboat at Darden Towe Park or a giant salamander sculpture at Wildrock. Explore art from far-flung regions and experience the joy of sports teams with unique challenges. Do you know about Charlottesville’s connection to the Grand Duchess of Russia? Or Edgar Allan Poe? How about the time a famous painter got unstuck from her creative block at the University of Virginia?

Local author Marijean Oldham finds inspiration in hidden attractions, outstanding architecture, extra-special restaurants, fun activities, and fascinating backstories. This guide provides behind-the-scenes detail and answers to Charlottesville questions you didn’t even know you had and unlocks local secrets just waiting to be told.

About the Author: Marijean Oldham, a strategic communications and public relations specialist, is president of Jaggers Communications, a firm based in Charlottesville, Virginia. An ambassador for the area, Marijean has written extensively about Charlottesville, including two editions of 100 Things to Do in Charlottesville Before You Die. She is one of the founders of the C’ville Pie Fest, and is a competitive and enthusiastic pie baker. Oldham was once the holder of the Guinness Book World Record for creating the World’s Largest Bouquet of Flowers.