Hugh Carr

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Hugh Carr was an emancipated Virginia slave who built and owned River View Farm, which eventually became the Ivy Creek Natural Area. He was a prominent members of the Union Ridge community. [1]

His second wife was Texie Mae (the sister of Cain Hawkins), with whom he had six children. The eldest of these children, Mary Carr Greer, had Greer Elementary School in Charlottesville named after her. All of these children attended the Union Ridge Graded School. The Carrs and second generation Greers were known to travel to White Hall regularly for family visits.

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  1. Web. Take a Walk at Ivy Creek, Ivy Creek Foundation, retrieved March 18, 2013.

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Hugh Carr was born between 1840 and 1843. Following the Civil War, Carr hired himself out to work on several farms in the area and in 1870 purchased a 58-acre tract of land that would eventually become River View Farm. Carr continued to expand the farm and by 1890 it was over 125 acres in size.

Carr and his second wife, Texie Mae Hawkins, raised seven children. Although himself without proper education, he emphasized education in the rearing of his children. One of his daughters, Mary Louise Carr-Greer, would go on to become the principal of the Albemarle Training School and the namesake of Greer Elementary School.[1]

He is buried at the cemetery located at the natural area. [2]


  1. Web. Carr Family History: Hugh Carr, Ivy Creek Foundation, Charlottesville, Virginia, retrieved August 16, 2012.
  2. Web. Carr Family History >> Hugh Carr, Ivy Creek Foundation, retrieved March 18, 2013.