River View Farm

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River View Farm was the estate of former slave Hugh Carr and the present site of the Ivy Creek Natural Area.

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In 1870, Hugh Carr bought a 58-acre tract of land that would become the heart of River View Farm. The farm continued to grow and by 1890 it was over 125 acres.[1] When Carr died in 1914, he bequeathed parts of the farm to each of his children. Mary Louise Carr-Greer, his eldest child, was given the addition of the farmhouse. Over time, many of the siblings sold their tracts to Mary Carr-Greer. When Mary Carr-Greer died in 1973, she left the estate to her only child, Evangeline Greer, who in turn sold it. Following its sale, the farm was slated to become a subdivision with 200 homes but the land was purchased jointly by the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, who created the Ivy Creek Natural Area in 1978.[2]


  1. Web. Carr Family History: Hugh Carr, Ivy Creek Foundation, Charlottesville, Virginia, retrieved August 16, 2012.
  2. Web. Natural area home to family remembrances, David Maurer, Daily Progress, Ivy Creek Foundation, August 19, 1990, retrieved August 16, 2012.