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Albemarle County attracted a unique blend of settlers. In 1744, the year the county was officially founded, very few people lived any further west. Only 150 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, Albemarle County was the frontier. Its relative isolation fostered a sense of community among the first settlers. Joshua Fry, Peter Jefferson, Thomas Walker, and James Maury were all well acquainted, they were interconnected through interests, business, marriage, and even death. They were also all members of the Land Company, a company collectively owning vast amounts of land west of Albemarle. Attracted to the County for its prospects of land and wealth, each of these men helped to create a community eager to explore the west.


Joshua Fry

Rev. James Maury maurysignature.jpg (2333 bytes)

Peter Jefferson

Dr. Thomas Walker


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