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An earlier house here burned in 1883, so this place in Keswick was rebuilt on a slightly different plan using some materials from the earlier structure. The portico was added in the 1950s. Belmont served as an important setting for the classic 1955 film Giant (starring Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, and James Dean) — as a stand-in for a Maryland estate called Ardmore, Taylor’s family home in the movie.

Photograph courtesy of K. Edward Lay.

"History, by apprising them of the past,
will enable them to judge of the future."
-- Thomas Jefferson, 1786

The Albemarle County Historic Preservation Committee is charged with protecting the County's historic and cultureal resources. The Committee takes an active role in identifying and documenting structures of importance to the community.

The Historic Preservation Plan was adopted by the Board of Supervisors on September 6, 2000 and was prepared by a Historic Preservation Committee that was appointed by the Board in May 1995. The Historic Preservation Plan is an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan, and provides a framework for public involvement in protecting the community's historic resources. It reviews the County's history, and emphasizes education, financial incentives, and partnerships among all interest groups.

Jared Loewenstein, Chairman Erika Castillo
K. Edward Lay Katie Collins
Ross Stevens Steven G. Meeks
Jeff Werner Peter Wiley
Dennis Dutterer Liz Russell
Ann Mallek
Board of Supervisors liaison
Richard Randolph
Planning Commission liaison







Federal & State Rehabilitation Tax Credits
Historic Preservation Plan 
Historic Preservation Tax Credits / Request for Information
Ed Lay's The Architecture of Jefferson Country
The Archaeology of Albemarle County by Jeffrey Hantman 
From the Monacans to Monticello and Beyond: Prehistoric and Historic Countexts for Albemarle County, Virginia 
Historic Architectural Survey of Albemarle County Villages