Albemarle County was formed in 1744 from Goochland County and named for William Anne Keppel, the second Earl of Albemarle, titular governor of Virginia from 1737 to 1754. A portion of Louisa County was later added to Albemarle County. In 1761, part of Albemarle County was divided to form Buckingham and Amherst Counties. President Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) was born in this county at Shadwell and there he built his home Monticello. The city of Charlottesville is the county seat. The University of Virginia, chartered in 1819 and opened for instruction in 1825 is located there. Jefferson designed the university and supervised its construction.
Date Approved by DHR: 09/14/05
Year On Marker: 2005
Geographic Location: Louisa County
Physical Description of Location: Gordonsville, VA 22942. Located on Louisa Road (Rt. 22), less than 1/5 of a mile west of the junction of Louisa Road (Rt. 22) and State Route 616. Marker is on the right when traveling west on Louisa Road (Rt. 22).
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