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This view looks south across the Belmont Bridge during the 1951 Apple Harvest Parade, an autumn tradition that had begun the year before and which became the springtime Dogwood Festival in 1958. This bridge was built in 1905, connecting the east end of downtown Charlottesville over the Chesapeake & Ohio railroad tracks to the fast-growing Belmont neighborhood— a planned community named for the sprawling, 550-plus-acre Belle-Mont estate that had occupied that area throughout the 19th century. The c.1800 Belle-Mont manor house survives today as an apartment building. In 1891 developers with the Belmont Land Company began selling parcels in the area for home sites and businesses. The growing neighborhood was linked to Downtown, West Main, the University and Fry’s Spring by a network of electric trolley cars (decommissioned in 1935 and initially replaced by four buses). In 1961 a new four-lane, highway bridge was installed to replace the original. A third iteration of the Belmont Bridge is planned. Photo by Ed Roseberry (b. 1925).

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We are an independent 501(c)(3) organization. We receive no on-going funding from any government agency to support our programs and projects. We rely on the generous support of benefactors and friends who believe in our mission: to use history as a tool to create experiences that can inform, enlighten, inspire, and bring people together, offering opportunities for new relationships and new understandings. Our goal is to re-imagine and re-invent the role of an historical society in the 21st century: to be a strong civic organization that works to enrich the lives of our neighbors and visitors here in Central Virginia. We believe everyone has an important story to tell. Your support makes it all possible. Join us. Help make history. If you would like to discuss a major gift, legacy gift, or bequest, please email our Executive Director: coy@albemarlehistory.org. Thank you.

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Our <strong><em>Vision</em></strong>

History is not the past, it is the story we tell about the past. And whoever gets to tell that story, who gets to put up statues and who doesn’t, this will shape the history that we leave for those who come after us. We believe everyone has a unique and powerful story to share, and that we should all have an opportunity to help make history.

Our <strong><em>Mission</em></strong>

We are committed to using history as a tool to create experiences that can inform, enlighten, inspire, and bring people together, offering opportunities for new relationships and new understandings. Our goal is to re-imagine and re-invent the role of an historical society in the 21st century: to be a strong civic organization that works to enrich the lives of our neighbors and visitors here in Central Virginia.

Our <strong><em>Values</em></strong>

Our work is grounded on a belief in the worth and dignity of every human being. We respect people, communities and cultures. We value discovery, creativity, integrity, and diversity. We believe in the potential for history to enrich our lives, to create stronger relationships and more vibrant communities.