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.