The site of the historic “Kitty” Foster home at University of Virginia.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – An archaeological site at the University of Virginia with ties to a free African American antebellum household is among the latest entries on the state’s landmarks register.

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources says the so-called Foster Site contains

archaeological features and artifacts associated with Catherine “Kitty” Foster, an African American seamstress. She purchased the residential property in 1833.

The nearly 3/4-acre site evolved as a free African American community called “Canada.” The Foster family occupied the site until the land was sold in 1906.

Features found at the site include a brick fire box and chimney base and a domestic basement. The site also contains the remains of what is believed to have been a smokehouse.

The Foster property in Charlottesville is among five sites added to the register.