Montalto Album #1

Montalto is not as well known as the next mountain over, Monticello (home of Thomas Jefferson) but it is higher…much higher!

In the wake of yesterday’s  Montalto Challenge 5K, I’m posting a few pics of the mountain from my own collection.  Yesterday’s race was the first for my twelve year old son Stephen, but hopefully the first of many father-son races in the months and years ahead.

IMG_1546 A hot-air ballon drifts slowly past Montalto

IMG_5663 A police helicopter near Montalto

IMG_0039 A dramatic summer storm brews over Montalto

IMG_4005 Sunset as seen from Montalto

IMG_6549 Snow covers Montalto with Woolen Mills in the foreground

IMG_7607 Our friend John Campbell, always a top contender, makes the final break for the finish line in the 2013 Montalto Challenge.

IMG_7637 Stephen Trumbull, Jr. takes in the spectacular view from Montalto after completing the Montalto Challenge.

IMG_3998A Thomas Jefferson Foundation fundraiser atop Montalto.

Photo of John Campbell by Karyn Trumbull.  All others by Steve Trumbull. © Trumbull Photography, 2008-2013

Holsinger At 100: May 2, 1913

getStaticImage-17100 years ago Rufus Holsinger documented the Southall Venable house which sat on Jefferson Street in Charlottesville.  This view of the back of the house also includes the First Baptist Church that sat on the corner of Jefferson and Second Street, NE.  The house would only stand for a few more years when philanthropist Paul Goodloe McIntire would purchase the entire block and turn the residential area into a public park.  By the mid-1920s a statue of R.E. Lee on his horse, Traveller, would stand in the center of the park.  In the 1970s the church would be destroyed in a fire.  Today, the street running along the right side of this image, is known as “Preston Coiner Street.”

Image courtesy Special Collections, UVA Library

Hydraulic Mills-Earlysville Tour

_DSC4884In 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 to join us on the bus.