Vintage DTM: Main Street 100 years ago

Main Street, Looking East:  This image is from a photo postcard showing Main Street in Charlottesville as seen from the base of Vinegar Hill over 100 years ago.   Interestingly, Main Street was first paved with bricks. It was a dirt street prior to this.  Asphalt would come a few years later and then Main Street would return to bricks in the 1970s as the pedestrian mall we know today.  An electric trolley (seen here) ran down the street in the early 20th Century and continued all the way to the University.  Today, this is the west end of the Downtown Mall. The brick building on the left with three windows on the second story is where Mudhouse coffee shop is today.  This postcard was mailed from Charlottesville to Fishersville, VA on June 4, 1910 at 4:30 pm. This postcard is just one of 100s in the collection of former Charlottesville Mayor Dave Norris.  Dave will be joining C’ville Images next Thursday at C’ville Coffee to share some of the amazing photos and stories from his collection.  Details at www.cvilleimages.com

img480

“I was a nuclear engineer trying to be romantic…”

Right: “Let me tell you the extended version of the story of how I met my wife. I took a course at the FEI (Federal Executives Institute) on Route 29. The course allowed a 3 hour break for students in the middle of the day. So during my course’s first break, I went to Oakley’s Gently Used Books looking for science fiction since I heard it had the best science fiction in town. I came to the register, and began talking to the woman behind the counter. It turned out we had a lot in common. As I stood there at the register with about 7 or 8 books in hand, I thought about a way to ask her if she was married or not without scaring her away. In order to ask her without being in her personal space, I went to the door. As I was about to leave, I said to her, ‘Let me see that left hand.’ She raised it up and smiled. I took her out, we dated for two years, and then we married in 2000. We’ve been happily married for 14 years. Nowadays, I give people the abbreviated version of our story by saying, ‘I came in looking for science fiction, and I found a fantasy. I married her.’ I was a nuclear engineer trying to be romantic.”

10463811_706942999360394_8176477084487764667_o

Text and photo by Haley Burton. You can visit her Individuals of Charlottesville Facebook page to see people in other locations around Charlottesville.

“I work here at Water Street Parking Garage part-time…”

“I’m a workaholic. I work for Charlottesville City Schools, and I work here at Water Street Parking Garage part-time. I have a daughter and a granddaughter. I love church, and I love to serve the Lord. I LOVE TO SHOP. I’m a people person. I love people and children in general.”

10506594_705552216166139_5653926155007378137_o

Text and photo by Haley Burton. You can visit her Individuals of Charlottesville Facebook page to see people in other locations around Charlottesville.

A community for new moms…

“I’ve been here [Charlottesville] for 10 years, and I think it’s such a great community. My mission behind creating Bend was to create a community for new moms. The business is meant to help moms with their needs, and do whatever is needed to assist them during their pregnancies, and while their children are developing for the first two years of life. Building this business has been my greatest triumph, and it’s turned into a labor of love. I don’t want to be a mom myself, but I love children and my job.”

10428360_704671502920877_1694185151825161766_o

Text and photo by Haley Burton. You can visit her Individuals of Charlottesville Facebook page to see people in other locations around Charlottesville.

“We came out of the mountains to see it again…”

Right: “I grew up in Rochester. I lived in a sailboat for about 20 years. She [Left] was a nurse that worked for Florida School for the Deaf and Blind.”

Left: “We love Charlottesville. We came out of the mountains to see it again. The energy here is wonderful.”

905844_703661303021897_8621422332745706987_o

Text and photo by Haley Burton. You can visit her Individuals of Charlottesville Facebook page to see people in other locations around Charlottesville.