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"History, by apprising them of the past,
will enable them to judge of the future."
-- Thomas Jefferson, 1786

The Albemarle County Historic Preservation Committee is charged with protecting the County's historic and cultureal resources. The Committee takes an active role in identifying and documenting structures of importance to the community.

The Historic Preservation Plan was adopted by the Board of Supervisors on September 6, 2000 and was prepared by a Historic Preservation Committee that was appointed by the Board in May 1995. The Historic Preservation Plan is an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan, and provides a framework for public involvement in protecting the community's historic resources. It reviews the County's history, and emphasizes education, financial incentives, and partnerships among all interest groups.

Jared Loewenstein, Chairman Erika Castillo
K. Edward Lay Peter Wiley
Ross Stevens Crystal Ptacek
Jeff Werner Liz Russell
Betsy Baten Pam Riley
Planning Commission liaison
Ann Mallek
Board of Supervisors liaison










Federal & State Rehabilitation Tax Credits
Historic Preservation Plan 
Historic Preservation Tax Credits / Request for Information
Ed Lay's The Architecture of Jefferson Country
The Archaeology of Albemarle County by Jeffrey Hantman 
From the Monacans to Monticello and Beyond: Prehistoric and Historic Countexts for Albemarle County, Virginia 
Historic Architectural Survey of Albemarle County Villages 

Pantops Academy
Albemarle County, Virginia

Situated on Pantops Mountain, this was a Presbyterian boys’ school founded by historian and churchman Rev. Edgar Woods. Pantops Academy operated on a 353-acre parcel from 1879 to 1906. Pantops had been owned by Thomas Jefferson and received its name from two Greek words for “all-seeing” in reference to his original farm’s elevated site. Woods was descended from an early settler in the County, and he wrote a highly regarded local history.

Photograph courtesy of K. Edward Lay.

This manual is designed to help current or prospective land owners assess whether a property is historic and learn more about historic buildings and properties in Albemarle County.

Questions About Historic Preservation in Albemarle?
Contact Margaret Maliszewski, Principal Planner
Department of Community Development
434-296-5832 ext. 3276