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.