The Evolution of Charlottesville, Virginia

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This article is presented by the sexual abuse lawyers in Charlottesville. Our legal team encourages locals and visitors to learn more about the history of Charlottesville and what makes the city significant.

History of Charlottesville

Charlottesville, also known as C'ville, was named after Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. An independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia, it is the county seat of Albemarle County and the heart of the Charlottesville metropolitan area. Part of the area that now makes up Charlottesville was once home to a Monacan village called Monasukapanough before the Europeans settled into America.

In 1762, the town of Charlottesville was established from an Act of the Assembly of Albermarle County. During the American Civil War, it was barely impacted. Only the Battle at Rio Hill and the accidental burning of the Charlottesville Factory took place in the town. When Reconstruction began after the war, the emancipated slaves in Charlottesville started to develop communities in neighborhoods like Vinegar Hill. However, the African American population in the area suffered under Jim Crow laws after Reconstruction ended. In 1965, the downtown African American neighborhood of Vinegar Hill was razed by the city government as an urban renewal project. The number of properties that were destroyed includes:

  • 130 homes
  • Five Black-owned businesses
  • One church

Nonetheless, Charlottesville was able to maintain its vibrant black community in the Ridge Street and Fifeville neighborhoods to the south and the Rose Hill and Tenth & Page neighborhoods to the north. On July 1, 2019, the city approved the removal of Thomas Jefferson's birthday as a city holiday. Instead, Liberation and Freedom Day was added to be celebrated on March 3rd – the day most of the Charlottesvillians began getting their freedom. On July 10, 2021, the Lee, Jackson, Lewis and Clark, and Sacajawea statutes were removed. Lee Park was also renamed Emancipation Park.

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Attractions and Culture

Although small in size, the city of Charlottesville has many attractions for visitors to the area. The Downtown Mall, being one of the longest outdoor pedestrian malls in the U.S., offers many civic attractions, shops and restaurants. It is home to the Paramount Theater, Charlottesville's community theater Live Arts, Virginia Discovery Museum, and the Ting Pavilion. Events held in the city are:

  • The annual Virginia Film Festival
  • The Charlottesville Festival of the Photograph
  • The Virginia Festival of the Book
  • The Foxfield Races
  • The Ash Lawn-Highland Opera Festival
  • A Fourth of July celebration
  • A First Night celebration

The city also provides wine and beer tours, hiking, ballooning, and world-class entertainment.

University of Virginia

Located mainly to the west of Charlottesville, the University of Virginia was founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson. The flagship university for the state of Virginia, it is a public research institute known for its historic foundations, secret societies and student-run honor code. The university is home to eight undergraduate and three professional schools and offers around 120 majors. One of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Academical Village, is also located within the university's campus.

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