There’s a lot to love about Charlottesville like the small-town charm, the fantastic local restaurant scene, and the abundance of wineries. But there’s a lot more to the city than meets the eye. For instance, did you know comedian and actress Tina Fey was a graduate of the University of Virginia? Other notable grads include NFL player Chris Long, television personality Katie Couric, and poet Edgar Allan Poe. Actor Rob Lowe was also born in Charlottesville. Not to mention, several presidents including Thomas Jefferson have called the city home. Keep reading for more interesting and uncommon facts about Charlottesville!
1.) The Story Behind Barracks Road
Whether you’re a native or newcomer, you’re probably familiar with Barracks Road and the Barracks Road Shopping Center. However, you may not know that during the Revolutionary War, both German and British prisoners were camped there. So, next time you’re taking a drive down Barracks Road, imagine what life was like there in the late 1700s.
2.) Charlottesville Landed on Livability’s “2018 Top 100 Best Places to Live”
This year, Charlottesville found itself on Livability’s list of the “2018 Top 100 Best Places to Live.” But Charlottesville didn’t just make it on the list, it landed itself in the Top 5! It Ranked number 5 just after Ann Arbor, MI; Manhattan, KS; Corvallis, OR; and Iowa City, IA. If you’re looking to relocate to the area, be sure to check our Charlottesville’s premier luxury apartment complex Beacon on 5th!
3.) Dave Matthews Band
Dave Matthews himself may have been born in South Africa, but his band was formed in Charlottesville in 1991. Along with lead singer and guitarist Dave Matthews, the band included drummer Carter Beauford, bassist Stefan Lessard, and saxophonist LeRoi Moore. The band may have started out in the small town, but they have become a music icon.
4.) Home of “The Rock”
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is said to live just outside the Charlottesville area. The former professional wrestler and actor used to frequent Gold’s Gym near Hydraulic Road before it shut down. Keep your eyes peeled and you just might spot him one day!
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Sources: visitcharlottesville.org, as.virginia.edu