Charlottesville Then And Now


The other web project that CHIL has been working on for some time now is “Charlottesville Then and Now”. We feature both old and current images of a local place and explore the history behind it. Visit the site and check out the latest post on The Farm, once the home of Professor John A. G. Davis, who was infamously shot and killed on The Lawn at UVA in front of Pavilion X.

We will continue to add posts on Charlottesville Then and Now while showing other C’ville Images here.

Looking Back: Bus at Rugby Hills

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Note: “Looking Back” was a weekly series we first produced in the Daily Progress during Charlottesville’s 250th Anniversary year (2012) We will reproduce and expand on some of the 52 images we featured there and add plenty of new vintage Charlottesville photos as we discover them.

This image shows the entrance to Rugby Hills at the corner of Oxford and Rugby Roads. At the time of this photo, possibly late 1920s or early 30s, Rugby Hills is a newly developed neighborhood on the outskirts of town. The Charlottesville-Monticello Bus Line transported tourists from town to Monticello a few miles away. The gentleman pictured in the photo is Arthur Lewis Pace, who was a driver for the bus line as well as for the funeral service, Irving, Way and Hill in Charlottesville.  Arthur would later join his brothers in a long-lived, successful taxicab business, Pace’s Taxi. The stone wall seen in this photo still exists today.

Photo from Coiner Collection, CHIL.  Thanks to Gennie Keller for identifying the driver and providing information.

Motel Mystery

getStaticImage-26 - Version 2This image from the Holsinger Collection in UVA Library began a lively debate a couple weeks back when, against my own policy, I posted the photo on Facebook without knowing where it was located. I usually do my homework when I come across an unknown image, but I like the composition and put it out there…Over the next day or so, I got inquiries:  “Where is it?” “Is it near Charlottesville?”  “A motel?” “Something else?” “Does it still exist?”

So the investigation began…  In the recently acquired Norris Collection of vintage postcards we found these postcards that not only matched the old, unidentified photo from Ralph Holsinger, they told us the name of the motel: “Skibo Lodge”.  The postcards also provided us with some useful information to help us determine where in C’ville it was. The bottom image below reads “3 miles north of Charlottesville, Va. on U.S. Highway number 29.”

We emailed copies of the postcards to anyone we thought might have a clue. We even had them posted at the Senior Center in hopes some of the old-timers might recall.

We got a lot of feedback but the consensus put it on the east side of 29 roughly where the Fashion Square Mall is today. We feel we can say for certain that it no longer exists.


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Top image courtesy Holsinger Collection, Special Collections, UVA Library. Postcards from the Norris Collection, CHIL.


Roseberry’s Charlottesville


Our photo presentation featuring the photographs of Ed Roseberry has had overwhelmingly positive response from the audiences at both our public and our private showings.  The next, and possibly last, of this particular show will be held at JMRL on Market Street in Charlottesville.  The event will take place in the McIntire Room at 3pm. on Sunday, March 3rd. The event is free and open to the public. We have changed the content somewhat with each showing, so even if you’ve seen it before, you’ll be in for a few surprises. Ed and Steve will co-narrate the show. Steve has selected a wide range of images from the Roseberry Collection at CHIL to show and Ed will tell some of the stories behind the photographs. Hope to see you there!  Photo: Ed Roseberry with his cameras, Feb.2013 by Steve Trumbull