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Location of the marker at the end of E Main Street
For 200 years, this was one of the main colonial routes in Virginia, running from Richmond to the Shenandoah Valley. This part in downtown Charlottesville is now a Pedestrian Mall.
Text on the marker:
Also called Three Chopt Road, this colonial route ran from Richmond to the Shenandoah Valley. It likely took its name from three notches cut into trees to blaze the trail. A major east-west route across central Virginia from the 1730s, it was superseded by Route 250 in the 1930s. Part of Jack Jouett's famous ride and the Marquis de Lafayette's efforts to prevent Gen. Charles Cornwallis from obtaining munitions took place along this road. Today West Main Street and part of University Avenue approximate the Three Notch'd Road's original course through present-day Charlottesville.
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