Rufus Holsinger (1866-1930) took this photo of “Midway” looking east on March 7, 1917. This part of town at the crest of Vinegar Hill along the historic Three Notch’d Road (later West Main Street) was known throughout the 19th and early 20th century as Midway or sometimes Midway Square (being roughly mid-way between the original downtown Charlottesville at Court Square and the University of Virginia, which opened March 7, 1825). This photo was taken two years before the Lewis, Clark, and Sacajawea statue was installed. The busy street trolley tracks are visible on the left, which covered much of Charlottesville from the 1880s to the 1930s. The 1894 Midway School is in the center (built on the site of the historic 1818 Midway Hotel). This school served the City’s white children, elementary through high school, while African-American children attended the nearby Jefferson School. A new McGuffey Graded School opened in 1916, and the Midway School thereafter became more commonly known as Lane High School, after teacher and school superintendent James Waller Lane. That school was replaced by the more modern Lane High School down the hill (today’s County Office Building), which opened in 1940 and was not replaced by today’s Charlottesville High School until 1974. The 1894 Midway School building later became municipal office space until 1966. The building was razed in 1973, and in 1977 became the site of the Midway Manor Senior Housing complex. (photo is courtesy of the Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia.


The Royal Wedding of 1981

From the Bill Emory Collection

Posted on September 26, 2018


F rom the Collection of photographer Bill Emory comes this  fantastic photo of Mrs. Dee Moore watching the Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana, July 29, 1981. Moore was one of an estimated 750 million people who stayed up late in America to watch the wedding broadcast live.

We are proud to be working with acclaimed Charlottesville photographer and local historian Bill Emory to curate his amazing Collection for a first-time exhibition next year. He has been taking photographs in the Central Virginia region for over half a century. His Collection includes many thousands of unique portraits, unforgettable moments of photojournalism, and timeless scenes of artful expression. Despite a popular blog with posts of images, Bill Emory has never had a professional exhibit of his work nor a published print collection. We are currently working with Bill to catalog his historic and amazing body of work, with the aim of creating a museum installation of photos as well as a new book.


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