Located in the eastern edge of Charlottesville and bordered by the Rivanna River and Meade Avenue, Woolen Mills is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the City. The neighborhood developed around the Charlottesville Woolen Mill during the later half of the 19th Century. The mill operated from the mid 1850’s until the 1960’s when it permanently closed. The Woolen Mill was the center of activity and the primary employer for Woolen Mills residents.
The Woolen Mills Chapel was built in the 1880’s to provide worship and a meeting space for the mill workers. Today, it continues to serve as a house of worship and meeting place for the neighborhood.
Housing in the neighborhood is predominantly single-family with a mix of other housing types. There are also industrial and commercial uses in the neighborhood. Locally-owned markets serve the community as well.
Meade Park is a major recreational and community center. Riverview Park and the Rivanna Greenbelt Trail provide additional recreational amenities to the neighborhood and the community at large. Residents of Woolen Mills value the diversity of the neighborhood, the neighborhood’s rural feel and its access to the Rivanna River.