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Afton in Albemarle County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Nelson County / Albemarle County

 
 
Nelson County Face of Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 1, 2007
1. Nelson County Face of Marker
Inscription.
Nelson County.
In the foothills of Virginia’s Piedmont, Nelson County was formed in 1807 from Amherst County. The county was named for Thomas Nelson, Jr., governor of Virginia from June to November 1781. The county seat is Lovingston. The Nelson County courthouse was built under the supervision of George Varnum in 1809, according to the plans submitted by Sheldon Crostwait, one of the justices. Though the courthouse has been modified and enlarged over the years, it is one of Virginia’s best-preserved historic court structures.

Albemarle County.
Albemarle County was formed in 1744 from Goochland County and named for William Anne Keppel, the second Earl of Albemarle, titular governor of Virginia from 1737 to 1754. A portion of Louisa County was later added to Albemarle County. In 1761, part of Albemarle County was divided to form Buckingham and Amherst Counties. President Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826) was born in this county at Shadwell and here he built his home Monticello. The city of Charlottesville is the county seat and the home of the University of Virginia, chartered in 1819 and opened for instruction in 1825. Jefferson designed the university and supervised its construction.
 
Erected 2002 by Department of Historic Resources
Albemarle County Face of Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 1, 2007
2. Albemarle County Face of Marker
. (Marker Number Z-20.)
 
Location. 38° 2.294′ N, 78° 50.001′ W. Marker is in Afton, Virginia, in Albemarle County. Marker is on Rockfish Gap Turnpike (U.S. 250) east of Afton Mountain Road (Virginia Route 6), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Afton VA 22920, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Flight of Richard C. duPont (approx. 1.1 miles away); Rockfish Gap Meeting (approx. 1.1 miles away); Greenwood-Afton Rural Historic District (approx. 1.1 miles away); Rockfish Gap (approx. 1.3 miles away); Nelson County / Augusta County (approx. 1.4 miles away); a different marker also named Rockfish Gap (approx. 1.4 miles away); VDOT Workers’ Memorial (approx. 2.3 miles away); Mirador (approx. 2˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Afton.
 
More about this marker. This marker replaced a marker with the same titles and number dating back to the late 1920s or early 1930s. The inscriptions on that previous marker read:

Nelson County. Area 473 square miles. Formed in 1807 from Amherst, and named for General Thomas Nelson, governor of Virginia, 1781. Oak Ridge, old home, is in this county.

Albemarle County.
Nelson County / Albemarle County Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 1, 2007
3. Nelson County / Albemarle County Marker
Area 751 square miles. Formed in 1744 from Goochland, and named for the Earl of Albemarle, titular governor of Virginia, 1737–1754. Thomas Jefferson was born in this county and lived in it.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Nelson County Historical Society. There is a photo of the Nelson County courthouse on this page. (Submitted on December 7, 2007.) 

2. The Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society. (Submitted on December 7, 2007.)
 
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Nelson County / Albemarle County Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 1, 2007
4. Nelson County / Albemarle County Marker
Blue Ridge Terrace, Afton, Va. image. Click for full size.
J. J. Prats Postcard Collection
5. Blue Ridge Terrace, Afton, Va.
“Here is a place for a good night’s rest.” Down the road from this marker was the Blue Ridge Terrace hotel. It is now a private residence with great views of the valley.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 7, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,431 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 7, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   5. submitted on November 3, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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