Pantops Mountain

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Coordinates: 38°1′34.8″N 78°26′32.7″W / 38.026333°N 78.442417°W / 38.026333; -78.442417 Pantops Mountain is a mountain in Albemarle County, Virginia, directly east of Charlottesville across the Rivanna River.[1] and north of U.S. Route 250.[2]

In 1777, Thomas Jefferson purchased some of the land for use as a farm. According to Edward C. Mead, "Pantops--formerly written 'Pant-Ops'--was therefore, so named by Mr. Jefferson from two Greek words...meaning 'all-seeing,' significant of the extended view from its summit."[3]


  1. ^ "The Father of Modern Archaeology". Notes on Virginia (36): 30. 1991.
  2. ^ Rita Mae Brown (2001). Pawing Through the Past. Random House of Canada. p. 41. ISBN 0-553-58025-6.
  3. ^ Mead, Edward C. (1978). Historic Homes of the South-West Mountains Virginia. C.J, Carrier Company, Harrisonburg, VA. p. 41.