Scottsville in Southern Albemarle Co.

by staff on June 24, 2010

Inevitably, newcomers to the Albemarle market… end up investigating properties near the town of Scottsville on the James River.  It’s about as far ‘south’ as you can go in Albemarle county, which is one of  the reasons why the county seat was moved from Scottsville to more-centrally-located Charlottesville.

Main St Scottsville VA

Dogwoods along the main street

 The town was founded in 1744, on the Horseshoe Bend of the James River… tucked between Albemarle and Fluvanna counties, 132 miles south of Washington, DC and 68 miles west of the state capital, Richmond.    It was once a very active port town providing supplies to the area.  The town has an old-fashioned charm and ‘feel’ to it… from its main street shops to the obvious pride of its residents.  That’s one of the reasons we’ve decide to give you this pictorial tour through the area, which is something that doesn’t always come across when you look at individual property listings online.   Enjoy your tour!

Scottsville street scenes

Scottsville street scenes

the canal in Scottsville VA

Scottsville Historical Canal Marker

This is a town where people know one another.  Though many of its residents work in nearby Charlottesville just 20 miles away, they often choose Scottsville living for its rural feel and its affordable housing.  No story about Scottsville would be complete without mention of the life-changing floods that were a periodic part of the town life until the construction of the levee in 1990.  Here’s a link to the details of the historic flooding.


Betty's hair salon in Scottsville

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Scenes of historic Scottsville

Historic Scottsville

Homes in Scottsville VA

Homes in Scottsville VA

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