“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)

C. B. Holt Rock House

C. B. Holt Rock House Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 9, 2010
1. C. B. Holt Rock House Marker
Inscription. African American Charles B. Holt owned a carpentry business in Charlottesville’s Vinegar Hill neighborhood. The son of former slaves, Holt built this Arts and Crafts-style house in 1925-1926, during the era of segregation when blacks were more than a quarter of the city’s population but owned less than one-tenth of its private land. He lived here with his wife, Mary Spinner, until his death In 1950. Later Holt’s stepson, Roy C. Preston, and his wife, Asalie Minor Preston, moved in. After a distinguished career teaching In Albemarle County’s segregated black public schools, Asalie Preston endowed the Minor Preston Educational Fund to provide college scholarships.
Erected 2008 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number Q-28a.)
Location. 38° 2.367′ N, 78° 29.5′ W. Marker is in Charlottesville, Virginia. Marker is on Preston Avenue just south of 10th Street NW, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1010 Preston Avenue, Charlottesville VA 22903, United States of America.
Other nearby markers.
C. B. Holt Rock House Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 9, 2010
2. C. B. Holt Rock House Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Buck v. Bell (approx. ¼ mile away); Triumph of “The Charlottesville Twelve” (approx. ¼ mile away); Walter “Rock” Greene Albert “AP” Moore Gymnasium (approx. 0.3 miles away); Georgia O’Keeffe (approx. half a mile away); Roosevelt “Rosey” Brown, Jr. (approx. half a mile away); Barry and Bill Battle (approx. half a mile away); Charlottesville General Hospital (approx. 0.6 miles away); First Baptist Church, West Main Street (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charlottesville.
Regarding C. B. Holt Rock House. The home now houses Hunton & Williams, the University of Virginia School of Law pro bono partnership.
Also see . . .  Charles B. Holt, African American Heritage Path. Brochure published by the Legal Aid Justice Center. “The legacy of the Holt House endures beyond the lifetime of Charles B. Holt. Asalie Minor Preston (c. 1904-1982), a schoolteacher in Albemarle County’s “colored” schools, married Holt’s stepson and lived here after
C. B. Holt Rock House image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 9, 2010
3. C. B. Holt Rock House
Charles B. Holt died in 1950. In 1877 Asalie Preston’s grandfather had purchased land north of Charlottesville for $300. Her father, a farmer and schoolteacher, worked the land and slowly accumulated over 66 acres. In the 1970s, suburban expansion along Route 29 North made the land valuable. Asalie Preston and her siblings sold the land for over $500,000 and later established a scholarship fund. By 2006, the Rives C. Minor and Asalie M. Preston Educational Fund was providing between $150,000 and $200,000 a year in scholarships for Charlottesville area children.” (Submitted on May 9, 2010.) 
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