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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 A major east-west route across central Virginia from the 1730s, it was superceded by Route 250 in the 1930s.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.)
 
Location. 38° 1.776′ N, 78° 28.666′ W. Marker is in Charlottesville, Virginia. Marker is on Main Street near 5th Street SE, in the median. Touch for map. Marker is at the upper end of the Main Street pedestrian mall in the historical district of Charlottesville. Marker is in this post office area: Charlottesville VA 22902, United States of America.
 
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); Watering Fountains
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.
(about 600 feet away); Monticello (about 700 feet away); Albemarle Confederate Monument (about 700 feet away); Historic Courthouse Square (about 700 feet away); Site of Old Swan Tavern (about 700 feet away); Paul Goodloe McIntire (about 800 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.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 21, 2008, by Franklin Bell of Bluemont, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,723 times since then and 35 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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