Becoming a Local
How It All Started
N ewcomer ’ s S pecial S ection
Charlottesville, named for Queen Charlotte Sophia of England and founded in 1762, is an inspiring setting to call home. Charlotte was also known as the wife of King George III, the object of scorn by Thomas Jefferson and others during the American Revolution. The University of Virginia officially opened in March of 1825 and Charlottesville officially became a city in 1888. Albemarle County’s historic roots extend equally as far, having been founded in 1744 and named in honor of William Anne van Keppel, the second Earl of Albemarle and the Governor General of the county from 1734-1735. One reason Charlottesville has so many transplanted residents is that it’s a small city — according to the U.S. Census Bureau, at around 10.3 square miles, with an estimated 46,912 residents — but it has the trappings of a big one. Covering about 721 square miles, the county’s population is more than double that of the city, at an estimated 106,878. With stunning views, rolling vineyards, quaint villages, historic inns and more, there is much to explore. Both city and county are fascinating places and wonderful locales to call home, and we welcome you! Be sure to also check out the Wine & Country Life magazines to see how to make the most out of life in Jefferson’s Virginia.
Space to Spread out. comfort to keep you in. Travelers looking for longer stays will find Residence Inn Charlottesville as accomodating as it is comfortable.
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Exploring Jefferson's Virginia