Though the early days are unrecorded, New Dominion Bookshop opened its doors to Charlottesville in 1924, making it the oldest independent bookseller in Virginia today. C.C. Wells bought New Dominion Bookshop in 1926 and moved it to the Downtown Mall. He ran the shop until 1987, when Carol Troxell, a longtime employee, purchased and took over the business.
Under Mrs. Troxell’s guidance, the shop became known for personal service and its thoughtfully curated collection. Julia Kudravetz purchased the shop in October of 2017, carrying on the traditions set by her predecessors.
New Dominion Bookshop is located on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall at 404 East Main St. It is open 7 days a week and hosts events featuring renowned authors and local writers. Across America, independent bookstores persevere as one of the truest venues for culture and intellect. Both are alive and charming at New Dominion Bookshop, where you will find a pleasant, old-fashioned atmosphere and a friendly, attentive staff interested in literature and readers like you.