Robert Scott (1803-1899) shown standing in front of his family’s home before it was razed in 1892. That year a court-ordered division of a family estate had forced Scott to lose his home on the northwest corner of East Main and Second Streets (today’s Downtown Mall). The land had been in the family since 1784, and Robert Scott had lived there himself for almost 90 years. Robert, his brother James, and father Jesse were a well-known trio of musicians who frequently played for parties and dances in the region and across the state throughout the 1800s. Jesse Scott had been a favorite violinist of Thomas Jefferson and had been invited to perform at Monticello on numerous occasions. The home was torn down to make way for construction of a new commercial building, which was completed about 1895— and named for a local Confederate Cavalry Officer, Thomas Lafayette Rosser. The Rosser Building was itself razed less than 20 years later to clear that corner for the city’s first high-rise: an eight-story “skyscraper” that was home to the Charlottesville National Bank. That building, on the site of the former Scott homesite, continues to tower over the Downtown Mall today.

Tuning Into History

As part of a new suite of media programming, in 2018 the Charlottesville Center for History and Culture launched “Second Street Radio,” a live radio program broadcast here in Charlottesville that posts online as our podcast. Hosted and Produced by the Center’s Director Coy Barefoot – a long-time veteran of local radio and television— the interview-based program showcases authors, historians, journalists, scholars, and the captivating oral histories of local citizens. Second Street Radio is produced in partnership with 94.7FM WPVC. The broadcast schedule is available on our Calendar.  All episodes are posted online on our Blog and on our YouTube Channel.

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