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

Woolen Mills Village Historic District

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, May 8, 2021
1. Woolen Mills Village Historic District Marker
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To the west is the 80 acre Woolen Mills Village National Historic District. This district was recognized as a Virginia Landmark December 17, 2009 and added to the National Registry of Historic Places April 12, 2010.

Located at the foot of Monticello Mountain, at the confluence of Moores Creek and the Rivanna River, the Woolen Mills Village specialized in the manufacture of uniform cloth for 100 years. The Rivanna River provided power for the mill, transport for the mill's product, and food and recreation for the people.

With Woolen Mills Road as its axis, the village grew west toward Charlottesville. Within its bounds the village offered employment, housing a school, a chapel, recreational amenities (ball field & shuffleboard), a commons for livestock, a dry-goods store and a graveyard. The prevalent soil type, Davidson loam, supported abundant gardens.

The district's NPS recognized period of historical significance — 1847-1962 — begins with the date of the earliest company-built housing and ends with the closing of the Mills.

Known as "the Place" by its inhabitants, this community was unified by kinship,

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By Devry Becker Jones, May 8, 2021
2. Woolen Mills Village Historic District Marker
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workplace, religious and agrarian traditions.

The neighborhood's historic architectural fabric, 104 contributing structures and their sites are repaired and revitalized in a perennial fashion by new residents. This "Place" at the foot of a mountain in the bend of a river engenders a sense of identity decades after the Mills closure.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is April 12, 2010.
 
Location. 38° 1.445′ N, 78° 27.286′ W. Marker is near Charlottesville, Virginia, in Albemarle County. Marker is on Riverside Avenue 0.2 miles north of Chesapeake STreet, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 304 Riverside Ave, Charlottesville VA 22902, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Riverview Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Charlottesville Woolen Mills (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Woolen Mills (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named The Woolen Mills (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named The Woolen Mills (approx. 0.4 miles away); Birthplace of George Rogers Clark (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Farm (approx. 0.9 miles away); Charlottesville (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charlottesville.

 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 9, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 9, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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