“The Bridge of Scores” from the 1906 University of Virginia yearbook, Corks and Curls. Photo by Rufus Holsinger (1866-1930). This railroad trestle was built in 1901 near the entrance to the University Grounds, at the UVA Corner. Originally a graded crossing since the tracks were laid in the late 1840s, the road was dug out beneath the tracks to separate increasing street traffic from the dozens of passenger trains that passed through town each day. University students wasted no time adorning the new bridge with the scores of memorable football games. By the time this photo was taken in 1906, 27 victorious games had been memorialized on the bridge, and at least another six on the concrete support wall. While the road was dug out deep enough to accommodate the height of the electric streetcars, it was unfortunately not enough clearance for the big trucks that would one day come along. To this day, unsuspecting drivers continue to slam trucks into this trestle — leading locals to call it the “truck-eating bridge” up at the UVA Corner. (photo courtesy Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia)

The Shell & Wheat Press

Shell & Wheat Press is the publishing imprint of the Charlottesville Center for History and Culture. We have a long history of publishing books, pamphlets, guides, and of course our annual Magazine of Albemarle County History, which has been in regular production since 1941. As of 2018, the full archive of the Magazine is now accesssible online for free.  A selection of our library of original publications is available below, all of which can be purchased online or here at our Museum offices here in Charlottesville. Look for more titles in the future. We are also in pre-production on a number of new websites and online exhibits that will all be published under the Shell & Wheat imprint.

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Early Recollections

Early Charlottesville: Recollections of James Alexander, 1828-1874. Edited by Mary Rawlings and published in 1942 as the Historical Society’s first publication.

Remembering the War

Pursuits of War: The People of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia in the Second World War. By Gertrude Dana Parlier et al. Edited by W. Edwin Hemphill. Published in 1948.

Albemarle 1976

Albemarle: Jefferson’s County, 1727-1876. By John Hammond Moore. Published in 1976.

Neighborhood Voices

From Porch Swings to Patios: An Oral History Project of Charlottesville Neighborhoods, 1914-1984. In partnership with the City of Charlottesville. Published in 1990.

Special Edition

Illustrated Edition: Daily Progress Charlottesville, 1906. Edited by Albert E. Walker, 1906. Reprinted with new editorial notes in 1992.

Historic Tours

Historic Charlottesville Tour Book. In partnership with the City of Charlottesville’s Historic Resources Task Force. Published in 2002.

Illustrated History

Albemarle & Charlottesville; An Illustrated History of the First 150 Years. By Rick Britton. Published in 2006.

Exploring the Mall

More than a Mall: A Guide to Historic Downtown Charlottesville. In partnership with the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture Community History Program. Published in 2010.

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