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Charlottesville History




Here is a little history of Charlottesville.

Charlottesville is an independent city located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains adjacent to Albemarle County in the commonwealth of Virginia.  The city is named after Princess Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the wife of King George III of England. The area has an incredibly rich history that draws millions of visitors every year to Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson, Ashlawn-Highlands, home of James Monroe, and Montpelier, home of James Madison as well as the renowned University of Virginia.  In 2012 Charlottesville will be celebrating its 250th anniversary; we hope that you come visit!

As of the 2010 census update, the city had a population of 43.475. It is the county seat of Albemarle County, though the two are separate legal entities as an independent city in Virginia. The bureau of economic analysis combines the city of Charlottesville with Albemarle county and surrounding counties in the MSA for statistical purposes, bringing the total population to over 200,000. In 2004, Charlottesville was ranked the best place to live in the United States in the book cities ranked and rated by Bert Sperling and peter sander. Sperling and sander ranked the cities based on cost of living, climate, and quality of life. In 2011 the city regained the top spot by the same ranking group.  Charlottesville is best known as the home of the University of Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson. The city is also home to Jefferson’s Monticello, his renowned mountain-top home which overlooks the city from Monticello Mountain.  Tourists and visitors are increasingly attracted to the area’s growing wine industry as well as the increasing number of festivals and world-class entertainment.  Many celebrities seeking privacy call the area home including past and present residents John Grisham, Sissy Spacek, The Dave Matthews Band, Jessica Lange, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, James Cameron, Donald Trump and Sam Sheppard.

History of Charlottesville courtesy of www.charlottesville.org