ROCKFISH GAP MEETING The Commission Appointed To Select A Site For The Universit ...
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Description: ROCKFISH GAP MEETING The commission appointed to select a site for the University of Virginia met 1 4 August 1818 in the tavern that stood nearby . Among the 21 members present were former presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison , as well as judges Spencer Roane , Archibald Stuart , and Creed Taylor . The commissioners chose Charlottesville over Lexington and Staunton for the site of the university . The tavern at which they met was owned by Samuel Leake ( 1790 1858 ) and Walter Leake ( 1792 1859 ) . Enlarged later , as part of the Mountain Top Hotel and Springs , the popular tavern burned in 1909 . Department of Historic Resources , 1993 .