28 Facts About Charlottesville


Charlottesville, colloquially known as C'ville, is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Charlottesville is the heart of the Charlottesville metropolitan area, which includes Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, and Nelson counties.

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Charlottesville was the home of two presidents, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe.

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At the time of European settlement, part of the area that became Charlottesville was occupied by a Monacan village called Monasukapanough.

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The only battle to take place in Charlottesville was the skirmish at Rio Hill, an encounter in which George Armstrong Custer briefly engaged local Confederate Home Guards before retreating.

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The Ku Klux Klan had chapters in the Charlottesville area beginning at least in the early twentieth century, and events such as lynchings and cross burnings occurred in the Charlottesville area.

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In 1963, later than many Southern cities, civil rights activists in Charlottesville began protesting segregated restaurants with sit-ins, such as one that occurred at Buddy's Restaurant near the University of Virginia.

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The incident became national news and Charlottesville became a symbol of political turbulence nationwide.

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In 1974, some of the Baptist churches in Charlottesville included the Union Run Baptist Church, the South Garden Baptist Church, and the Ebenezer Baptist Church.

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Charlottesville is located in the center of the Commonwealth of Virginia along the Rivanna River, a tributary of the James, just west of the Southwest Mountains, itself paralleling the Blue Ridge about 20 miles to the west.

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Charlottesville is 99 miles from Washington, D C and 72 miles from Richmond.

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Federally, Charlottesville is part of Virginia's 5th congressional district, represented by Republican Bob Good, elected in 2020.

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City of Charlottesville has an overall crime rate higher than the national average, which tends to be a typical pattern for urban areas of the Southern United States.

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Charlottesville is the home of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory headquarters, the Leander McCormick Observatory and the CFA Institute.

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Charlottesville has nine breweries within or near its city limits: South Street Brewery, Champion Brewing Company, Three Notch'd Brewing Company, Random Row Brewing Company, Rockfish Brewing Company, Wild Wolf Brewing Company, Pro Re Nata Brewery, Reason Beer, and Decipher Brewing .

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Starr Hill Brewery was originally based in Charlottesville but is today located in Crozet, Virginia, 13 miles west of the city.

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Charlottesville has a large series of attractions and venues for its relatively small size.

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Charlottesville area was the home of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe.

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Charlottesville's downtown is a center of business for Albemarle County.

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Charlottesville has no professional sports teams, but is home to the University of Virginia's athletic teams, the Cavaliers, most notably the 2019 NCAA Men's National Basketball Champions.

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Charlottesville is home to the Charlottesville Alliance FC, a soccer team who compete in the NPSL.

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Charlottesville is one of the few Democratic bastions in heavily Republican central Virginia.

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Charlottesville has the following private schools, some attended by students from Albemarle County and surrounding areas:.

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Charlottesville was once a major rail hub, served by both the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway and the Southern Railway.

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Amtrak and the city of Charlottesville finished refurbishing the station just after 2000, upgrading the depot and adding a full-service restaurant.

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Charlottesville had an electric streetcar line, the Charlottesville and Albemarle Railway, that operated during the early twentieth century.

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Also, the Transdominion Express steering committee has suggested making Charlottesville a stop on the proposed statewide passenger rail line.

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Between 1968 and 1984, Charlottesville was the home of Anna Anderson, best known for her false claims to be Grand Duchess Anastasia and lone survivor of the 1918 massacre of Nicholas II's royal family.

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