Well, I haven’t ever actually shopped at a Wegmans grocery but every time I hear mention of the store coming to Charlottesville it seems to be with great enthusiasm.  So I decided to have a look at the location of the near-future grocery mecca from the air.

_DSC6532This aerial photo of 5th Street near Interstate 64 shows a large wooded area across from the Food Lion. A few locals might remember that this was the site of the 19th Century  home of CSA Captain Eugene Davis.

Willoughby # 2The house survived until a mysterious Halloween night fire just a couple of decades ago destroyed it.

IMG_8606The beloved Captain Davis was given a hero’s funeral service in Charlottesville when he died in 1894 and is honored in stained-glass at Christ Episcopal Church on High Street.

You can see a more extensive photo essay of the historic property on Charlottesville Then and Now.


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