The site was patented by William Taylor in 1737. The town was established by law in 1762, and was named for Queen Charlotte, wife of George III. Burgoyne's army, captured at Saratoga in 1777, was long quartered near here. The legislature was in session here, in June, 1781, but retired westward to escape Tarleton's raid on the town. Jefferson, who lived at Monticello, founded the University of Virginia in 1819
Geographic Location: Charlottesville
Physical Description of Location: Charlottesville, VA 22903. Located on Fontaine Avenue (Hwy 29), 0.5 miles east of the intersection of Fontaine Avenue (Hwy 29) and Hwy 29. Marker is on the right when traveling east on Fontaine Avenue (Hwy 29).
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