Charlottesville's Time Capsule Closes For 50 Years

By: Frankie Jupiter Email
By: Frankie Jupiter Email

December 23, 2012

Charlottesville community members gathered outside of the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society Sunday afternoon to seal its time capsule.

It's filled with artifacts from the Celebrate! 250 celebrations and letters from state and local elected officials.

Local citizens offered advice for those in the future.

"I think that the message is that, carefully, carefully, carefully that's how you grow. You can't grow all at the top but nothing at the bottom," said Morgan Perkins, a member of the Celebrate! 250 steering committee.

"By preserving a bit of our history today, we are giving future generations a window into how we lived and worked today," said Celebrate! 250 co-chair Steven Meeks.

Some people in Sundays audience have witness this event for a second time. Local photographer Ed Roseberry took photos at the city's time capsule burial in 1962 and took photos again at this year's event.

"This is a community of people who love this city and we're just really hoping that we can preserve that what makes Charlottesville so special," said city councilor Dede Smith.

"One thing that I love about Charlottsville is that it still has that small town feeling even though we have so much culture," said Perkins.

The capsule will not be buried underground to avoid water damage. It will be kept closed inside the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society.

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