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The seeds of American democracy sown by Thomas Jefferson at Monticello were first cultivated at the edge of the river town now known as Scottsville, Virginia. Young Jefferson’s father, Peter, traveled dirt roads south in the mid-1700s to serve as a justice for the newly formed County of Albemarle. Years later, Jefferson himself practiced law in the old Scottsville courthouse.

Scottsville July 4th Parade
Credit: Judy Ward

The small town of almost 600 thrives today, drawing residents with a true getaway from the stress of busy life. Scottsville residents are neighbors who stop and talk to each other in the streets.

Families cheer on budding soccer players at Dorrier Park, entrepreneurs spark new ideas, dogs exercise their owners along the Levee Walk, Americana, Rock and Irish musicians take the stage at locally-owned restaurants, the Barter Network encourages connection and trading among neighbors, farmers bring their fresh produce and crafts to market at the Scottsville Pavillion, and local actors perform original plays in the historic Victory Hall Theatre.

Today’s Scottsville defines itself by investment in community, relationship with the natural environment, appreciation of its compelling history and inspiration for the future. Join us for a weekend or stay for a lifetime.