Charlottesville, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
University of Virginia
Erected 2003 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number I-3.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization marker series.
Location. 38° 2.193′ N, 78° 30.21′ W. Marker is in Charlottesville, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of University Avenue (Business U.S. 250) and Rugby Road on University Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charlottesville VA 22904, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Thomas Jefferson Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry Martin (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); James Monroe’s First Farm (about 400 feet away); Edgar Allan Poe (about 600 feet away); William Holding Echols (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kappa Sigma Fraternity (approx. 0.2 miles away); The University “Corner” (approx. 0.2 miles away); Technical Sergeant Frank D. Peregory (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Charlottesville.
More about this marker. The Charlottesville city limit traces its way around the university grounds. The University of Virginia is not in officially the City of Charlottesville.
This marker replaces a marker with the same title and number that was erected in the early 1930s. It read “This institution was founded by Thomas Jefferson. The cornerstone of the first building was laid, on October 6, 1817, in the presence of three Presidents of the United States, Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe, all members of the Board of Visitors. It became the state university in 1819 and was opened to instruction in 1825. The university was conducted by the faculty until 1904, when the first president was elected.”
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1. Short History of U.Va. “[Thomas Jefferson developed plans] for ten Pavilions—stately faculty homes with living quarters upstairs and classrooms downstairs—attached to two rows of student rooms and connected by an inward-facing colonnade. Each Pavilion was identified with a subject to be studied and inhabited by the professor who taught that subject. At the head of the shared lawn would stand the library (not, as in most other colleges and universities of the time, a chapel), its dome shape inspired by Rome’s Pantheon and symbolic of the enlightened human mind. The plans grew to include two more colonnades of student rooms facing outwards and attached to a set of ‘hotels’ where private businessmen served food for the students.” (Submitted on June 30, 2008.)
2. UNESCO World Heritage Site, Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. (Submitted on November 14, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
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