The district was originally a literal corner, where the university’s main entrance intersected with Three Chopt Road (now Main Street), which was the major route between Staunton and Richmond. UVa was established at a distance of a mile from Charlottesville, and was its own town by the name of “University.” A significant commercial district developed to serve the needs of university students and employees, with a railroad stop, a post office, restaurants and shops. As downtown Charlottesville developed, followed by the corridor of Route 29 North in the mid-1900s, the Corner district came to consist more of small shops and bars, losing its movie theater, post office, train depot, etc.
Now a thriving business district neighboring UVA’s main campus, The Corner is the vibrant intersection of students, locals, and area visitors. Packed with restaurants, shopping and specialty businesses, no trip to Charlottesville is complete without a visit to The Corner! The historic Corner district of Charlottesville, VA, is a seven block collection of bars, restaurants, shops and entertainment directly across from the campus of The University of Virginia. Made up of about 65 independent businesses, the Corner is a vibrant area of the city and the center of student off-campus life at UVA. The friendly staff of Corner businesses are happy to give advice, answer questions or point you in the right direction