IVY
Ivy is known for Duner’s, the Ivy Corner Garden Center Gift Shop - with its famous Christmas lights and once helmed by Solutions’ own Sybil Mahanes - Toddsbury Of Ivy Convenience Store, which boasts great pizza, and Bellair Exxon, home of the most amazing sandwiches in the area that are now part of a scrumptious franchise. Ivy is a blink and you will miss it hamlet, but if you do stop and partake of the offerings you will hearken back to the days when life was slower and neighbors truly did know everyone who passed by. Ivy’s population as of the 2010 Census was 905, and, as of 2014, it fell to 898 people. It is a small unincorporated community located on U.S. Route 250, just west of Charlottesville. Ivy Creek flows through this area of western Albemarle County. It was cited in deeds for land in the Ivy area as early as the 1750s. The village at the present location of Ivy was known as Woodville (for the locally prominent Wood family) between 1826 and 1851. After the arrival of the railroad in 1851, the rail stop at this location was known as Woodville Depot. By 1859, the name had changed to Ivy Depot, probably after Ivy Creek. The village's name was shortened to Ivy in the 1950s. A typical neighborhood here has plenty of mature trees, lush landscaping and homes with varying architectural styles built in the 1920s to 1980s. Most Ivy homes are situated on multi-acre home sites and are just a short drive from UVa and the Downtown Mall. Just a few miles west of Charlottesville, the convenience and beauty of Ivy is tough to beat.