Keswick, Virginia

Coordinates: 38°1′30″N 78°21′20″W / 38.02500°N 78.35556°W / 38.02500; -78.35556
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Keswick Post Office
Keswick Post Office
Location of the Keswick CDP within the Albemarle county
Location of the Keswick CDP within the Albemarle county
Keswick is located in Virginia
Location within the Commonwealth of Virginia
Keswick is located in the United States
Keswick (the United States)
Coordinates: 38°1′30″N 78°21′20″W / 38.02500°N 78.35556°W / 38.02500; -78.35556
CountryUnited States
449 ft (137 m)
 • Total321
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
FIPS code51-42216
GNIS feature ID2807398

Keswick is a Census-designated place in Albemarle County, Virginia, United States,[1] about six miles east of Charlottesville.


Keswick has few businesses, and lacks a central business district. It is predominantly residential, with a mixture of large farms, estates, middle-income, and low-income housing. Since many of the parcels of land in Keswick are large, it is relatively undeveloped and retains its natural environment, which includes views of the Southwest Mountains. The drive through Keswick "has often been cited as one of the most scenic in America," writes the New York Times.[2] Many of the estates were plantations in the 18th century.[2] No major development took place in Keswick until the 1990s, and the development since then has been subject to strict scrutiny by Albemarle County officials.[2]

Oakland School, a special boarding and day school for children with learning disabilities, is in Keswick, as is the Keswick School, a boarding school for students with social skill and emotional struggles. A CSX freight rail line runs through the town. The Shackelford family, long prominent in Albemarle and Orange counties and in the Monticello Association,[3] has a family cemetery in Keswick.[4]

The postal delivery area by the name of Keswick is larger than Keswick itself, extending to the north nearly to Gordonsville and to the west to Stony Point, encompassing towns too small to have a post office, including Cash Corner, Cismont, Lindsay, Stony Point, Boyd Tavern, Cobham, Whitlock, and Rosena.

East Belmont, Limestone, and Southwest Mountains Rural Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[5]

Countryside in Keswick

Keswick Hunt Club[edit]

"According to its website, the Keswick Hunt Club was established in 1896 and formally recognized in 1903. There are currently about 200 individual and family memberships and the club's estimated 60 hounds hunt on land in Albemarle, Louisa, Madison and Orange counties."[6]

There is a special award given each year by the club's Masters and Huntsman in honor of an outstanding fox hound. "The "Barrister" award is named for one of Keswick's finest dog hounds who had a great nose and really deep cry and whose offspring bear his resemblance and qualities today."[7]

In 1929, John Stewart, M.F.H. instigated the first Thanksgiving Blessing of the Hounds Service in the yard of Grace Episcopal Church (Keswick, Virginia), another tradition that has continued to the present. Hounds, horses and riders gather for a religious service of prayers and hymns followed by a hunt. The collection taken at the service benefits charity.[8][9]

In film[edit]

The Keswick train station (no longer in operation) which is now part of Little Keswick School and used as a dining hall, as well as the farm of Belmont (not to be confused with East Belmont) are featured in the 1956 film Giant. The portions of the movie set in Maryland were filmed at these places in Keswick.


  1. ^ "Keswick". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved August 2, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Wells, Stephen (October 24, 2008). "Pastoral Landscapes and Upscale Retreats". New York Times. Retrieved March 8, 2009.
  3. ^ Moore, John Hammond (1976). Albemarle: Jefferson's County. University Press of Virginia. ISBN 0-8139-0645-8. In 1939 the Randolphs, Taylors, Keans, Shackelfords, and other descendants [of Thomas Jefferson] formed the Monticello Graveyard Association which began holding annual meetings and continues to administer the graveyard today under the name of the Monticello Association.
  4. ^ Cemeteries in Albemarle County, Archived 2009-01-06 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  6. ^ McKenzie, Bryan. 2017. "Albemarle County church to hold 89th annual Blessing of the Hounds." The Roanoke Times. November 23, 2017.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 1, 2017. Retrieved November 23, 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "About the Keswick Hunt Club" Archived 2017-12-01 at the Wayback Machine. 2017.
  9. ^ McKenzie, Bryan. 2017. "Albemarle County church to hold 89th annual Blessing of the Hounds." The Roanoke Times. November 23, 2017.

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