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Stony Point Community to Hold History Day Event on May 19
5/8/2012

The historic Stony Point community, located on Route 20 North, between Charlottesville and Barboursville, enjoys a proud history, dating from the early 1700s, as a crossroads community, which grew up around famous inns, mills, churches and general stores.  For centuries, travelers passed through Stony Point on this famous North/South route between Charlottesville and Washington, D.C.

The Stony Point History Day will take place on Saturday, May 19, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Stony Point Ruritan Building and Grounds at 2835 Watts Passage Road, near the corner of Route 20 and Route 600. 

The event will include display exhibits of historical maps, documents and photos that bring together the collective history of the Stony Point Community.  Exhibits will present documents gathered from local community members and historical sources, including the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society and UVA’s Small Special Collections Library. Speakers will be on hand to share memories and stories from Stony Point life over the years, including a reading from an early 1900s Diary by a farmer who lived in the historical home Edgemont. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be for sale.

More about Stony Point, its history and the History Day Event can be found at www.StonyPointCentral.com.  


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Stony Point sits on the highest point of land almost exactly between Charlottesville and Barboursville, a land thrust upward by forces of earth where much of the normally buried subterranean bedrock has been pushed to the surface – hence the name ‘Stony’ Point.  
  • George Rogers Clark, Highest American Military Officer of the American Revolutionary War was born near Buena Vista on Route 20 in 1752.
  • Stony Point was the site of an Inn before the Revolutionary War owned by Richard Burch (who later was host at Michie's old tavern) and then the site of Stony Point Tavern run by Nathaniel Burnley from 1820-1829, when he became a miller for Hydraulic Mills on the Rivanna.
  • The Ruritan purchased 15 acres in 1960 for $7,000 (founded in 1962), becoming one of the key ‘hubs’ of the Stony Point Community. 
  • Jefferson and Madison are said to have attended services at Preddy Creek Baptist Church, which is over 200 years old. 
  • Since 1933, there has been a continuous General Store in Stony Point, about one mile north of Stony Point Elementary School.  
  • Since 1908, Stony Point has had a school right in the community, beginning with a three room building with wood stoves warming classrooms.  Over the years it has been rebuilt and expanded. 

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