Rothwell Park
Charlottesville Va Parks and Grounds

The smallest park in Charlottesville at only 0.1 acre, Rothwell Park is located at the corner of Ninth and East Market Streets, next to the Downtown Recreation Center.  The property is comprised of three acquisitions made by the City from various owners between 1960 and 1971.  The City built the park with the assistance of the Blue Ridge Home Builders Association as a memorial to Mr. Stuart Rothwell.  In the center stands an historic water trough, one of four the City installed during the latter half of the 1800s.  This particular ornamental trough originally stood at the south end of Belmont Bridge and was designed to provide water for horses and dogs as well as for people.

2006 Update:  Rothwell Park has been demolished to make way for the new Charlottesville Pavilion, which replaces the Downtown Amphitheater.  The historic fountain has been moved to Court Square across from the Albemarle County Courthouse and once again has running water.

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Historic Water Trough

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Revised 7/29/06 by Stowe Keller


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