Marijean Oldham reads from her new book Secret Charlottesville, a Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure at New Dominion Bookshop
Marijean Oldham at New Dominion Bookshop reading.

Secret Charlottesville, A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure (2021 Reedy Press)


As someone who loves Charlottesville but finds himself a little rusty since my U.Va. graduation, I found this book filled with terrific, up-to-date places to check out on my next visit…. would NEVER have found them on my own! The author has done great research and curated a wonderful blend of sites. I only wish there were a Secret Guide for my own transplant-city!  — Tripp Evans

I’ve lived in Charlottesville for nearly 25 years and I learned a whole slew of great things about our little city. I love the easy, information-packed style and all the adventures that are possible…even if it’s just within these pages! Great gift for visitors and residents…and anyone interested in our history city!  —Frank Bergland

This is a fun and easygoing guide to Charlottesville—for those visiting, perhaps, or getting ready to retire here. Or, for that matter, folks like me who’ve lived here a while but need to get out more! You’ll find music; art; food, wine, and cocktails; architecture, and, of course, history, both the kind we’ve always celebrated (looking at you, TJ) and the kind that for too long we’ve hidden or hidden from. Oldham’s perspective is generous and eclectic. She clearly loves the community and this book provides eighty-four reasons why.

I’ve lived in Charlottesville for decades and still learned new things from “Secret Charlottesville.” The book is just chock full of interesting tidbits, fun activities, and adventures both big and small. The author knows this area well and written a genuinely helpful guide. — Jennifer Brecht


Marijean Oldham in the Reedy Press warehouse in St. Louis with the newly released third edition of 100 Things to Do in Charlottesville Before You Die.
At the Reedy Press warehouse with the hot-off-the-presses third edition.

100 Things to Do in Charlottesville Before You Die, 3rd Edition (2022 Reedy Press)