Ormando Gray’s 1877 “New Map of Charlottesville” and surrounding properties in Albemarle County was first published in his 1878 Atlas of the United States. Gray based the map on “Special Surveys by Jacob and George Chace, Topographical Engineers.” About 30,000 people lived in the County in this period (which included roughly 2,800 in the town of Charlottesville)— the majority of whom were African American. Charlottesville would not officially set up its own municipal government separate from Albemarle and become a city until 1888.

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200 Second Street, NE
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
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