301 East Main Street

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301 East Main Street is located on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall. It is currently the home of Rapture and a cannabis products store. The owner is "Williams, J & D Pettit, TR Advance Auto LD." [1]

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Oberdorfer's Dry Goods and Ladies' Ready to Wear

The original Oberdorfer's store

The Oberdorfers were a German-Jewish family that immigrated to the United States in the late 19th century. They moved to Charlottesville and opened a store at the northeastern corner of Third and East Main Streets in 1888. [2]

They moved into a new store at the same location in 1917. This structure was built with three stories.

W.T. Grant

The building was purchased by a chain franchise called W.T. Grant in 1934. The company opted to remove the second and third floor due to insurance concerns with renters. [2]


  1. Web. 301 E MAIN ST, Propeerty Info, City of Charlottesville, retrieved July 2, 2022.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Web. More than a Mall: A Guide to Historic Downtown Charlottesville, Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, 2010, retrieved July 2, 2022.