Charlottesville & Albemarle County

Charlottesville & Albemarle County

Charlottesville & Albemarle County


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About

Charlottesville and Albemarle County were home to third United States president, Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson was the primary author for the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence did not free all people within the United States, nor did it recognize the impact European settlers had on the First Peoples. The legacy of the Declaration of Independence is still being realized today as the United States aims to build a more perfect union. The Charlottesville-Albemarle VA-250 Committee recognizes that the story of the United States begins with Americans who trace their histories back millennia, those who arrived yesterday, and everyone in between.

White men who enlisted in the Revolutionary War were assigned to the 14th Virginia Regiment, which was raised on September 16, 1776, in western Virginia for service with the Continental Army. The regiment would see action at the Battle of Brandywine, Battle of Germantown, Battle of Monmouth, and Siege of Charleston. Most of the regiment was captured at Charlestown, South Carolina on May 12, 1780, by the British Army. The regiment was formally disbanded on November 15, 1783.

This region saw relatively little action during the Revolutionary War. The Revolutionary War came to Charlottesville in 1778 when the prisoners captured during the battles of Saratoga of October 1777 were moved from Boston to Charlottesville. The victory at Saratoga was a turning point for the Revolutionary War.

As the second British invasion of Virginia, led by Benedict Arnold in December of 1780, began to threaten Richmond, the Virginia legislature moved its proceedings to Charlottesville. After Cornwallis had taken charge of all British forces in Virginia in early June of 1781, he sent Colonel Banastre Tarleton and a mounted British force on a lightning raid to Charlottesville. He hoped to capture members of the Virginia legislature and (at that time) Governor Thomas Jefferson. Captain John Jouett of the Virginia Militia galloped ahead of Tarleton and was able to spread the alarm, so the crisis was averted.

The Committee will also recognize the regional contributions of the Monacan Nation, the Black Patriots of Albemarle, the annual naturalization ceremony at Monticello on July 4th, the home of James Monroe, the legacy of the James River in Scottsville and more.

Local Events

Descendants Day at HighlandDescendants Day at Highland
June 08, 2024 - June 08, 2024
City of Charlottesville

Join us on Saturday, June 8, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., for a Descendants Day at Highland. The Highland Council of Descendant Advisors welcomes any... Read More

Independence Day Concert and CelebrationIndependence Day Concert and Celebration
July 04, 2024 - July 04, 2024
City of Charlottesville

On Thursday, July 4th, Highland will host the Heifetz International Music Institute for a free concert from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. A classically-inspired e... Read More


Farm to Batteau TourFarm to Batteau Tour
July 26, 2024 - July 26, 2024
Albemarle County

Join James River Batteau Company for a collaboration with local Chef Sarah Rennie of Two Fire Table! Get ready for an open fire, family-style, farm-to... Read More

Farm to Batteau TourFarm to Batteau Tour
August 30, 2024 - August 30, 2024
Albemarle County

Join James River Batteau Company for a collaboration with local Chef Sarah Rennie of Two Fire Table! Get ready for an open fire, family-style, farm-to... Read More

Farm to BatteauFarm to Batteau
September 20, 2024
Albemarle County

Join James River Batteau Company for a collaboration with local Chef Sarah Rennie of Two Fire Table! Get ready for an open fire, family-style, farm-to... Read More

Farm to BatteauFarm to Batteau
October 04, 2024
Albemarle County

Join James River Batteau Company for a collaboration with local Chef Sarah Rennie of Two Fire Table! Get ready for an open fire, family-style, farm-to... Read More

VA250 Commission
VA250 Commission

Contact

Courtney Cacatian
434-972-4142



Charlottesville

 
Albemarle County

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