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CVHR Meeting (April 6, 2017): Waterworks: A History of the Local Water Supply, 1819–2017

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Steve Thompson and Dede Smith will chart Charlottesville’s almost 200-year-long struggle to develop and maintain a centralized water supply.  Steve will focus on water supply at the University of Virginia from its founding to its collaborative venture with the newly-incorporated City of Charlottesville in the 1880s, resulting in the first publicly-owned municipal waterworks.  Dede will chronicle the history of the municipal water system since the first Ragged Mountain Reservoir in 1885 and the role preservation has played in its growth and evolution.  Cinder Stanton will briefly outline the history of the reservoir property and its early owners.

Time and Location: 4 PM at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center (JSAAHC), 233 Fourth St. NW, Charlottesville, VA.  There is plenty of parking.  The JSAAHC is on the second floor at the south end of the building.


CVHR Meeting (Oct. 6): Charlottesville’s Rose Hill: A Discussion of Recent Research

Friday, September 30th, 2016

With maps and historic photographs, Steve Thompson helped us to understand the transformation of Rose Hill from an antebellum plantation to one of Charlottesville’s first subdivisions in 1890.  Rose Hill’s story includes the rise and fall of schools and industrial enterprises, Charlottesville’s changing racial demographics, and a number of interesting personalities. private

See Steve’s essay on Rose Hill, as well as colorful paintings of buildings of Rose Hill and other parts of town, in the new publication of Chroma Projects, Repository of Missing Places: Richard Crozier’s Paintings of Lost and Found Charlottesville.