Charlottesville was chartered as a city administratively independent of the county. The county seat of Albemarle County, Charlottesville incorporated and annexed surrounding land to create a city of nearly 800 acres. Charlottesville was incorporated as a town in 1801.
- December 31 – Policeman George Thomas Seal was shot and killed in the line of duty. The murderer was convicted and hanged in the courtyard of the city jail on April 21, 1891.
- Web. 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Charlottesville, staff, Encyclopædia Britannica, 1911, retrieved July 28, 2019.