BELMONT FARM HOUSE
Built in 1895 by S. A. Eddins, the Farm House is said to be the second oldest home in Belmont. It was located on what was considered to be the elite street for successful businessmen and merchants in the late 1800s and early 1900s. S.A. Eddins deeded the home to his children in 1897. The family later sold it to Samuel J. Robinson in 1906 (although the deed claims the Robinson family already occupied the residence).
Samuel J. Robinson was considered one of the wealthiest and most influential residents of the Belmont Farm House. At one time, he owned nearly an entire block of land, including his residence and every lot behind his house to Monticello Road. This included the present day Belmont Market and Belmont Barber Shop on Hinton Avenue. Mr. Robinson and his sons operated a prosperous grocery store on Main Street.
Mr. Robinson passed away in 1942. His heirs sold the home in 1945. It went through several ownerships until the Thomas family purchased it in 1961 and divided it into a rooming house and apartment building.
Sources: Cvillepedia (History of Belmont) and 829 Belmont Historical File on Charlottesville.org.