“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Charlottesville, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)


Charlottesville Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 15, 2008
1. Charlottesville Marker
Inscription. The site was patented by William Taylor in 1737. The town was established by law in 1762, and was named for Queen Charlotte, wife of George III. Burgoyne’s army, captured at Saratoga in 1777, was long quartered near here. The legislature was in session here, in June 1781, but retired westward to escape Tarleton’s raid on the town. Jefferson, who lived at Monticello, founded the University of Virginia in 1819.
Erected 1929 by Conservation & Development Commission. (Marker Number Q-1d.)
Location. 38° 1.548′ N, 78° 31.164′ W. Marker is in Charlottesville, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Fontaine Avenue (Old U.S. 29) and Appletree Road, on the right when traveling east on Fontaine Avenue. Click for map. It is just past the gas station on Fontaine Avenue. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2201 Fontaine Avenue, Charlottesville VA 22903, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 'Burying' Ground (approx. 0.9 miles away); Shadow Catcher (approx. 0.9 miles away); History Underfoot (approx. 0.9 miles away); Fernando Símon Bolívar (approx. one mile away);
Charlottesville Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 15, 2008
2. Charlottesville Marker
Kappa Sigma Fraternity (approx. one mile away); Edgar Allan Poe (approx. one mile away); William Holding Echols (approx. one mile away); James Monroe’s First Farm (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Charlottesville.
More about this marker. Fontaine Avenue was the southern approach to the city on Route 29 before the Route 29 / Route 250 bypass was built. It was signed as Business Route 29 until recently. Virginia Q-series markers are devoted to towns and cities.
Also see . . .  Charlottesville, A Brief Urban History. “The geographic and topographic conditions of a town profoundly influence its subsequent development. At the regional scale, Charlottesville's separation from a navigable river complicated communication and trade, limiting its development before the arrival of railroads in the mid-nineteenth century. At the more detailed scale of the town's plan, Charlottesville's urban growth encountered and accommodated a series of influential factors including ridge lines, ravines, small hills, water sources, etc. The hilly terrain in particular led to
Panorama of Monticello (1772) image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, February 2, 2008
3. Panorama of Monticello (1772)
the development of several independent and nearly disconnected neighborhoods within close proximity to the downtown area.” (Submitted on June 29, 2008.) 
Categories. Colonial EraEducationPolitical SubdivisionsWar, US Revolutionary
The Rotunda (1826) image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, October 15, 2011
4. The Rotunda (1826)
The centerpiece of the University of Virginia, it was designed by Thomas Jefferson, destroyed by a fire it was renovated by Stanford White in 1898. It was last renovated to Jefferson’s design in 1976.
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