Edgeworth 500-Year Forest

Sunshine 500-Year Forest

Edgeworth 500-Year Forest is 484 acres in the Rivanna Magisterial District of Albemarle County. Highly visible to the public from Gordonsville Road (Route 231, designated as both a Virginia and a National Scenic Byway), Edgeworth is located within the Southwest Mountains Rural Historic District which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. The property drains almost exclusively into the Happy Creek watershed which flows ultimately to the Chesapeake Bay.

Owned by Florence Wilson, Edgeworth lies within the “redlands” soil belt, home to presidential estates Ash Lawn, Monticello, and Montpelier. A wide seam of greenstone, the Catoctin Formation, forms the backbone of the Southwest Mountains and is an igneous material that weathers over time to produce the most productive upland soils in the entire Piedmont Plateau. Yellow poplar, red oak, hickory, and other high grade Appalachian hardwoods thrive on this soil type and often exhibit exceptional growth rates.

Edgeworth Forest Gallery

500-Year Forest Foundation

PO Box 1272
Charlottesville, VA 22902