Crozet, Virginia

Coordinates: 38°4′12″N 78°42′6″W / 38.07000°N 78.70167°W / 38.07000; -78.70167
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The Bain House
The Bain House
Location of the Crozet CDP within Albemarle county
Location of the Crozet CDP within Albemarle county
Crozet is located in Virginia
Location in Virginia
Coordinates: 38°4′12″N 78°42′6″W / 38.07000°N 78.70167°W / 38.07000; -78.70167
CountryUnited States
CountyAlbemarle County
 • Total3.7 sq mi (9.7 km2)
 • Land3.7 sq mi (9.7 km2)
 • Total5,565
 • Density1,500/sq mi (570/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
GNIS feature ID2389381[1]

Crozet /ˌkrˈz/ is a census-designated place (CDP) in Albemarle County in the Commonwealth of Virginia, United States. It sits along the I-64 corridor, about 12 miles (19 km) west of Charlottesville and 21 miles (34 km) east of Staunton. Crozet is part of the Charlottesville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population of Crozet was 5,565 at the 2010 census.

The Crozet Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.[2]


Originally called "Wayland's Crossing," it was renamed in 1870 in honor of Colonel Claudius Crozet, the French-born civil engineer who directed the construction of the Blue Ridge Tunnel. The cornerstone of Crozet is believed to have been Pleasant Green, a property also known as the Ficklin-Wayland Farm, located yards from the actual Wayland Crossing. Claudius Crozet is said to have lodged in that property while surveying the land that today honors his name.[3][4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 9.7 km2 (3.7 mi2), all land.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census
2010[5] 2020[6]

As of the census[7] of 2010, there were 5,565 people, 2,119 households, and 1,522 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,504.1 people per square mile (573.7/km2). There were 2,229 housing units at an average density of 602.4/sq mi (229.8/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 90.2% White, 4.1% African American, 0.1% Native American, 3.3% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.1% of the population.

There were 2,119 households, out of which 40.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.7% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.2% were non-families. 23.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 29.8% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.3 years. For every 100 females, there were 88 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $68,608, and the median income for a family was $85,976. Males had a median income of $53,415 versus $41,292 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $32,266. About 4.6% of families and 7.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.2% of those under age 18 and 14.4% of those age 65 or over.


Historically, Crozet was strategically important as a depot and transportation hub for the local apple and peach growing industries.[8][9] Morton Frozen Foods had its flagship manufacturing plant in Crozet from August 1, 1953, until the late 1990s.[10] In 2000, the plant was closed by food packaging company ConAgra Foods, which owned the brand, laying off more than 600 employees.[11] As of 2016, Musictoday, acquired in 2014 by San Francisco-based Delivery Agent Inc., an interactive entertainment-commerce firm, operates out of the building,[12][13] as does Starr Hill Brewery, which moved from Charlottesville in 2006.

From 1990 to 2005, Crozet saw increasing housing development, in part because of nearby Charlottesville's reputation as a desirable location,[14] but also because Albemarle County named Crozet as a designated growth area. Some 95% of the County remains designated as rural.

In 2001, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors approved a framework dubbed the "Crozet Master Plan",[15] developed by a local architect and regional planning firm,[2][3] to regulate development patterns and provide a public forum for discussing the topic. The Master Plan allows the population of Crozet, then around 3,000, to quadruple to more than 12,000 by the 2020s. These numbers alarmed some long-time residents who are accustomed to the rural tranquility of Crozet; more than a thousand people petitioned the county to reduce the number of planned households. In 2006, a plan was approved to redevelop the old Barnes Lumber property, which encompasses much of the downtown section.[16] In 2007, the population passed 7,000.

Around 2017, Piedmont Place, a complex of luxury apartments and various restaurants and shops, was built in downtown Crozet.

Arts and culture[edit]

Crozet Volunteer Fire Department Engine 52 truck during a local parade.

Crozet originated at a railroad town with farming and orchards.

Festivals include the Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival,[17] the Independence Day celebration, and the Winter Brews Festival.[citation needed]

The Crozet Library originally located in a railway depot built in 1923 by the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway.[18] A new library, the Crozet/Western Albemarle Library, is located here.[19]

Parks and recreation[edit]

Claudius Crozet Park is a 22-acre (89,000 m2) park which includes athletic fields, ball courts, playgrounds, a dog park, pool, and fitness center.[20]



Western Albemarle High School
J. T. Henley Middle School

Crozet is served by Western Albemarle High School, J. T. Henley Middle School, Brownsville Elementary School, Meriwether Lewis Elementary School, Murray Elementary School and Crozet Elementary School. All schools in Crozet are part of Albemarle County Public Schools.[21]


The 2007 comedy film Evan Almighty (the sequel to Bruce Almighty) was partially filmed in Crozet. The ark seen in the movie, as well as the set for Evan's neighborhood, was constructed there.[22] The film set was situated on a plot of land across from Western Albemarle High School, Old Trail, which later became a popular housing subdivision.

Notable people[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

Author Rita Mae Brown has written a mystery series commonly called the 'Mrs. Murphy series' that takes place in Crozet.


Media related to Crozet, Virginia at Wikimedia Commons

  1. ^ "Crozet Census Designated Place". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved August 13, 2013.
  2. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 11/26/12 through 11/30/12. National Park Service. December 7, 2012.
  3. ^ James, Phil. "Secrets of the Blue Ridge: Pleasant Green: Crozet History 101” Crozet Gazette. Crozet, October 5, 2018
  4. ^ An Interview with Jane Warwick O’Neill (Graham). Richmond, March 2019, by Phil James and Eduardo Montes-Bradley. In the interview, Mrs. Jane Warwick O’Neill, who lived at Pleasant Green into her high school years in the mid-1930s identified the room where, according to her family's oral tradition, Col. Crozet stayed while in the vicinity
  5. ^ "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE - 2010: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - Crozet CDP, Virginia". United States Census Bureau.
  6. ^ "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE - 2020: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - Crozet CDP, Virginia". United States Census Bureau.
  7. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
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  9. ^ "Secrets of the Blue Ridge: Virginia Mountain Peaches | Crozet Gazette". April 4, 2014. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  10. ^ "A New Life for Morton Frozen Foods? | Crozet Gazette". October 2, 2015. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
  11. ^ "The Free Lance-Star - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved May 8, 2016.
  12. ^ Jaquith, Waldo. "MusicToday Expanding to ConAgra Plant «". Retrieved May 8, 2016.
  13. ^ "San Francisco firm buys Crozet-based Musictoday; 50 new jobs announced". The Daily Progress. August 5, 2014. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
  14. ^ "'Mr. Jefferson would be proud': Charlottesville is No. 1". USA Today. March 29, 2004.
  15. ^ Master Plan Narrative, County of Albemarle. Accessed on June 25, 2006.
  16. ^ Puccio, Lindsay (March 1, 2006). "Residents Upset About Crozet Development". Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  17. ^ "Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival". Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  18. ^ Jefferson-Madison Regional Library - Crozet. Accessed on June 26, 2006.
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  22. ^ "Evan Almighty wraps up in Crozet". The Hook. June 15, 2006.