In addition to “Signs of C’ville” this Thursday evening, you’ll also want to get on board for a one-time only bus tour of some of the forgotten communities northwest of Charlottesville. This area surrounding the old Hydraulic Mill and extending out toward Earlysville, was once large plantations, not unlike much of rural Albemarle County. However, after the Civil War in the 1860s, African-American families began buying tracts of land and settling here, running the farms and building an extensive rural community along the Rivanna River.
These communities thrived for decades, until suburban expansion in the mid-twentieth century began to change this part of the countryside. Today only a few landmarks and preserved sites remain to help tell the history of this community.
Working with Preservation Piedmont, I have put together a bus tour that will visit some of these sites next Saturday, May 11th, from 1-4 p.m. Tickets are limited and cost $12 ($5 more for non-members of Preservation Piedmont). This will be a one-time tour and possibly the only opportunity to see a couple of these privately-owned properties.
Visit www.preservationpiedmont.org to join us on the bus.