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Charlottesville, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Three Notch’d Road

 
 
Three Notch'd Road image. Click for full size.
By Franklin Bell, February 3, 2008
1. Three Notch'd Road
Inscription.  Also called Three Chopt Road, this colonial route ran from Richmond to the Shenandoah Valley. It likely took its name from three notches cut into trees to blaze the trail. A major east-west route across central Virginia from the 1730s, it was superceded by Route 250 in the 1930s. Part of Jack Jouett's famous ride and the Marquis de Lafayette's efforts to prevent Gen. Charles Cornwallis from obtaining munitions occured along this road. Today West Main Street and part of University Avenue approximate the Three Notch'd Road's original course through present-day Charlottesville.
 
Erected 1999 by Virginia Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number Q-21.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraIndustry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list.
 
Location. 38° 1.776′ N, 78° 28.666′ W. Marker is in Charlottesville, Virginia. Marker is on Main Street near 5th
The marker on the pedestrian mall in the historic district of Charlottesville. image. Click for full size.
By Franklin Bell, February 3, 2008
2. The marker on the pedestrian mall in the historic district of Charlottesville.
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Street SE, in the median. Marker is at the upper end of the Main Street pedestrian mall in the historical district of Charlottesville. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. President Monroe’s Local Homes (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stone Tavern and Central Hotel (about 400 feet away); Early Hotels (about 600 feet away); First Post Office (about 600 feet away); First Public Library (about 600 feet away); Watering Fountains (about 600 feet away); Monticello (about 700 feet away); Mercantile Business (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charlottesville.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. The Short Pump Marker also tells some history relating to Three Notch'd Road.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 21, 2008, by Franklin Bell of Bluemont, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,927 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 21, 2008, by Franklin Bell of Bluemont, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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