List of street namesakes

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The following is a list of streets in City of Charlottesville and where there names are derived from.

Many of the names of these streets can be found on historic maps of Charlottesville.

Guide to streets

The system of numbering the streets is somewhat similar to the Washington plan. Each block represents 100 numbers, whether heading east, west, north or south. The city is divided into four sections.[1]

Fifth – South of 500 W Main Street
First – North of East Main and East of North First, or Northeast
Second – South of East Main and east of South First, or Southeast
Third – North of West Main and west of North First, or Northwest
Fourth – South from 402 West Main
Sixth-and-a-Half – South from 606 Dice
Seventh-and-a-Half – South from 620 Dice
Main – The dividing line between north and south streets, runs east from First to C & O Lower Depot and west from First to University. The main Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Station, being located under the present day Belmont Bridge.
First – The dividing line between east and west streets, runs north and south from Main to city limits.

From the book The Code of the City of Charlottesville, Virginia (1909) "General Ordinances" chapter:[2]

Sec. 148. Numbering and naming streets.

Main Street shall be the east and west line from which all houses and lot numbers shall be counted, those to the north of Main Street, as north, and those to the south of Main Street, as south.

All streets maintaining comparative parallelism with Main Street shall retain their present names. The meridian street shall be Thirty-Third or Green Street, but shall be known as North First or South First Street, as indicated by its position north or south of Main Street.

What is known as Thirty-Second or Church Street north of Main Street shall be known as North Second Street East, its continuation south of Main Street, as South Second Street East. What is now known as Thirty-Fourth Street, shall be known as North Second Street West or South Second Street West, as the case may be.

Whether one goes east or west, the streets running so as to intersect Main, actually or by supposed extension shall be known by the natural numbers increasing in either direction from the meridian at First Street, save in the matter of Park and Ridge Streets.


Edwin Anderson Alderman, ca. 1906


In 1919, Stewart Fuller lived on Booker Street with his parents, Stewart & Alberta Douglas Fuller.
Robert Nicholas Burgess (1839 – 1911) born in Albemarle County, served in the Confederate States army from 1861 to 1865 in Company I, Forty-Sixth Virginia Regiment. He began farming immediately upon his return from the army and continued as a farmer and overseer in Albemarle County until April 1881, when he moved to Charlottesville and accepted a position as policeman;
John Anderson Burgess (1873-1948), moved to Charlottesville in 1898. 1890 opened general contractor business at 401-403 E Market Street; employed 20 painters, paper hangers, carpenters (residence listed as Woolen Mills Road, ca. 1914)


Chancellor's Drug Store at The Corner
Albemarle County Court House. Located at the corner of Jefferson and Park St., this photograph actually shows the portion built in 1859-60. The rear, or north wing, dates to 1803. Source: Albemarle Historical Society
  • Court Square – Courthouse House Square, historical term refers to the square in the middle of a town where the county courthouse is located.
Albemarle Creamery Co. located at 709 Brown Street, ca. 1914; J. B. Andrews, pres, H. F. Wilde sec. and mgr.


The March 1909 edition of The Druid, the magazine published by the Ancient Order of Druids.
  • Druid Avenue - referring to the Druids from Celtic culture; parallel to Stonehenge Avenue and Rockland Avenue, all of which lead to the now-abandoned quarry where Quarry Park is now; parallel with Stonehenge Avenue, it is part of a group of themed streets in the Belmont-Carlton neighborhood carrying names associated with the Ancient Order of Druids. Sir Edmund Antrobus, 4th Baronet, owner of Stonehenge (1848-1915). In 1905, he was initiated into the Ancient Order of Druids and welcomed the first massive ceremony of this Order in Stonehenge.
  • Dublin Road - likely Dublin, Ireland
  • Duke Street - likely the Duke family, notably R. T. W. Duke, Sr. and R. T. W. Duke, Jr.
  • Dunova Court - unknown





(Postcard) Holiday Inn Motel, ca. 1960









View of Pen Park Plantation House, ca. 1897. In 1777, Dr. George Gilmer purchased the land and his family owned it until 1800. Originally the estate consisted of four thousand acres; by 1897 all had been sold off save the six hundred acres immediately about the house.








Colonel Wertenbaker was a Civil War veteran, having served in the 19th Virginia Regiment



Street name changes

  • 33rd Street / Green Street - renamed 1st Street
  • 32nd Street / Church Street - renamed 2nd Street East
  • 34th Street - renamed North 2nd Street West
  • Augusta Road - renamed Rosser Lane. Constructed sometime after 1938, it appeared as Augusta Rd on the 1950 Census Enumeration Map of Charlottesville.[17]
  • Azalea Street - renamed to Manila Street to avoid confusion with nearby Azalea Drive
  • Belmont Avenue (Rose Hill) - now Dale Avenue
  • Carlton Avenue (Rose Hill) - now Charlton Avenue
  • Staunton Avenue - renamed Chancellor Street after the family
  • Whitehall Road - renamed/became Preston Avenue

Extinct streets

  • Alphanso Street – ran north from Williams Street to Preston W first east of 10th NW
  • Apple Street – West of 601 Ridge Street
  • Cabell Street – parallel to Lee Street, removed by Pinn Hall at UVA Medical Center
  • Diggs - removed with the development of Garrett Square (now Friendship Court) (Sanborn Maps)
  • Fuller Avenue - renamed as part of Monticello Avenue, when Monticello was "redirected" to continue west instead of turning north on what is now Avon Street (Sanborn Maps)
  • McKee - North from Jefferson to High, first east of 4th N E
  • Loudoun Road (ca. 1964) – (undeveloped street between Lewis Mountain and Thomson roads)[18]
  • Park Place Avenue – perpendicular to Lee Street, removed by Pinn Hall at UVA Medical Center
  • Parrot - removed with the development of Garrett Square (now Friendship Court) (Sanborn Maps)
  • Randall Street – parallel to Lee Street, removed by Pinn Hall at UVA Medical Center
  • Williams Street - on Sanborn Maps
  • Wyndhurst Circle and Wyndhurst Way, ca. 1920; precursors to the present-day Preston Place.[19]


  2. Charlottesville (Va.), et al. The Code of the City of Charlottesville, Virginia: Containing the Charter As Amended and Re-enacted As a Whole (approved March 14, 1908), the Constitutional and Legislative Provisions of the State Relating to Cities, and the General Ordinances of the City Enacted As a Whole August 6th, 1909, In Effect September 1st, 1909. Michie Co, 1909.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Massie, Frank A., and Virginia School Company. A New and Historical Map of Albemarle County, Virginia. Owned and published by the Virginia School Company, 1907.
  4. Web. Albemarle County In Virginia, Rev. Edgar Woods, The Michie Company, Printers, 1901, retrieved May 7, 2019.
  5. Web. The Cabell Family, University of Virginia Special Collections Library, 2018
  7. Sheridan R. Barringer, Custer's Gray Rival, (Burlington, NC, 2019), 249.
  8. Web. Kenneth R. Crispell, 79, Dean And Health Expert on Presidents, New York Times, Aug. 26, 1996, retrieved 2020-10-14.
  9. Web. [1]
  11. Tubbs, Sean. "Supervisors pass resolution in support of naming Meadowcreek Parkway after John Warner." Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center. 8 Jan. 2009. <>.
  12. Web. [2]
  13. Woods, E. (1901). Albemarle County in Virginia: giving some account of what it was by nature, of what it was made by man, and of some of the men who made it. Charlottesville, Va.: The Michie Company, printers.
  17. Web. 1950 Census Enumeration District Maps - Virginia (VA) - Charlottesville City - Charlottesville - ED 104-1 to 31, US Census Bureau

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