Barracks Road Shopping Center, 1963


Going through a number of Ed Roseberry’s photos of the Emmet St./Barracks Rd. part of town I got drawn in by this one from September 1963. (Click on above image for larger version). For long-time locals there are many things to observe here:

Service stations on three of the four corners at the intersection. Texaco, Esso, and Gulf, going clockwise from the top.

The Tavern (aka “Sarge’s”) has the phrase “Air-conditioned” written on the roof.  It would later have a different, now well-known, phrase.

The North Wing is still being worked on, with extensive excavating of the hillside to the north. The section to the south not yet started.

The light-roofed Colonial Store was the very first building to be built in BRSC.

Carroll’s Tea Room gone, replaced by bank.

Both roads are two-lanes with Emmet just being expanding.  It appears the the road-widening is happening on the east side in the section south of Barracks Rd. and the west side in the section to the north.

Thomas Jefferson Inn is visible in the right top corner of the image.

Mountain Bowl to the left side of the image.

There are many more images of this area to show.  I am currently working on posts on both Carroll’s Tea Room and on BRSC.  Our slideshows on July 11 and 14 at C’ville Coffee will feature nearly 100 of Ed’s photos in a program titled “Roseberry’s Charlottesville”

Linden Lane Farm Antique Car Show


Earlier this month a fantastic selection of antique cars were on display under beautiful skies at Linden Lane Farm in Keswick.  The show was part of the Historic Farm Tour organized by volunteers from Grace Episcopal as a fundraiser for their outreach programs.  Now an annual event, this is one of the best historical tours in the area.

Below is a sampling of the automobiles on display that day at Linden Lane.

IMG_7943 1957 Ford Thunderbird convertible

IMG_7907 Owner Bouvard Hosticka gives visitors rides in his 1910 Franklin

IMG_7909 1950 GMC pick-up

IMG_7921 1936 Rolls Royce convertible

IMG_79311937 Packard

IMG_7927 Stephen Trumbull, Jr. checks out Ed Roseberry’s 1941 Fleetwood Cadillac

IMG_7933 Owner Ron chats with a friend next to his 1938 Packard convertible

IMG_7954 1959 Mercedes Benz

IMG_7953 1940 Buick Eight convertible

IMG_7924 1922 Hupmobile

First Showing of “Films of C’ville”

Last Thursday we presented “Films of C’ville” at our monthly show at C’ville Coffee.  We usually feature still photographs in a slideshow format, but this month we featured two film clips from 1929 and 1939-40.  The earlier film footage was a number of home movie clips by Dr. Allan Voshell who started the orthopedics department at UVA in 1926.  The films were only recently discovered in storage at Kernan Hospital in Baltimore where Dr. Voshell spent the greater part of his career.

His son, Buddy Voshell, a Charlottesville native and UVA alum, shared the films with Charlottesville Historical Image Library.  We were able to identify all the locations in the film clips and edit the films down to a 20 minute segment we showed for the first time last Thursday.

Among the many sites around Charlottesville and UVA included in the footage was Varsity Hall where the Voshell family lived in the late 1920s.

Buddy Voshell, seen below standing in front of Varsity Hall last Thursday, narrated his father’s films.  The films also include Buddy and his dog, Muffin, taken 84 years ago.


The second film was from Ralph Feil and was shared with CHIL by his family. It included some fascinating color film footage of C’ville from 1939-40.

Kristin Twifford of NBC 29 News put together this story about our program which aired just before the show.

We hope to repeat this show at a later date or different venue.  You can also hire CHIL to bring this show (or any of the others we’ve assembled) to your own function or gathering.

Films of C’ville

000008663_0001 - Version 2This Thursday, June 13th, at 7 p.m. at C’ville Coffee on Harris Street, the next in our monthly series will feature two extended film clips taken circa 1929 and 1939.

These are hand-held early home movies.  We will supplement  the film footage with still images to give background and context.  There will be plenty of never-seen-before material and some bits of hidden local history many folks in Charlottesville may not know.

Some of the highlights: Milton airport and a flight over Charlottesville; UVA Hospital with patients being treated on the rooftops for sun and fresh air; and some glimpses of downtown Charlottesville’s bustling 1930s Main Street. The films will take us to a couple of historic homes, see some local golf courses, the Presbyterian Church when it was on Market Street, and a look at the green pastures on Pantops that is hard to fathom today.

We’ll pack all this and more into an hour-long show of film footage and photographs.  You won’t want to miss it!  $5 at the door helps CHIL continue its work collecting and digitizing historical C’ville images.


Holsinger At 100: June 4, 1913

Holsinger Fry's Spring picnicExactly 100 years ago, Rufus Holsinger captured this image of a group of school kids and their teachers attending a school picnic at Fry’s Spring at the end of Jefferson Park Avenue in Charlottesville.

DSC_1085A century later, the club and pool is still a favorite local summer gathering place.

Charlottesville Hardware Fire, 1909

PastedGraphic-18Yesterday’s fire at historic Frager’s Hardware Store on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. reminded us of our own historic hardware store in Charlottesville which suffered a massive fire in 1909.

A news story at the time reported that the hardware store had both fuel and dynamite in stock, only adding to the catastrophe.This photograph was taken while the ashes were still smoldering.

Last year, CHIL acquired several rare photographs of the aftermath of the fire which we will share later this year at one of our monthly slideshows.


Finish Line

4TW5K finish linePerhaps the most inspiring finish line of any local race, this was the scene at the end of today’s 4 the Wounded 5K, which raises money to help U.S. soldiers injured in war. A good cause, a well-organized event, and a fun course.

photo copy 3Very glad to be able to participate with my 12 year-old son, Stephen, along with 1400 other runners. Just Stephen’s second race, he shaved 3 minutes off his Montalto Challenge time, and even chose the rugged, cross-country option on this course.