Follow us as we compile the history of the Miss Charlottesville title which has been linked to the Charlottesville Dogwood Festival as well as Miss Virginia (Miss America Organization). If you have any information that would help in compiling the history of this title, please email the director.
2016 – Olivia Riordan Crowned Miss Charlottesville 2017.
2015 – Lauren Birkett Crowned Miss Charlottesville 2016.
2014 – Cassie Richards Crowned Miss Charlottesville 2015 on October 18th, officially marking the return of the title!
2012 – Dominique Quarles The first to represent the title at Miss Virginia in 48 years.
2005 – Caressa Cameron Caressa was crowned MISS AMERICA in 2010.
2004 – Leslie McConn
1968 – Meredith Vedders
1967 – Tonya Sharee Byers
1966 – Wanda E. Elhinger
1961 – Lillian Driscoll
1960 – Nina Dishman
1951 – Peggy Londeree Peggy was crowned “Miss Charlottesville/Albemarle” to be a princess at the Charlottesville Dogwood Festival. Beginning in 1952, the title splits with only Miss Albemarle going on to the festival.
1950 – Charlotte Yancey Charlottes served as a princess at the Charlottesville Dogwood Festival. She was the first woman to serve as the chair of the Board of Supervisors. The Charlotte Y. Humphris park is named in her honor. Ms. Humphris passed in 2004. “The Charlottesville Dogwood Festival” by Elizabeth d. Wood Smith published in 2005 notes “Today both pageants [Miss Charlottesville and Miss Albemarle] continue, and Miss Albemarle attends the Dogwood Festival.”
1943 – Dolly Haney Per her 2012 obituary, “Dolly was a life-long athlete and played softball and basketball in high school. As a golfer, she won numerous awards at Farmington Country Club and was a member of the Farmington Golf Team. She was an accomplished bowler and competed in several leagues, including the FCC Lady Bowlers. She was an avid supporter of University of Virginia athletics, including football, men’s and women’s basketball, lacrosse and baseball.”
1942 – Dorothy James
1940 – Virginia Campbell Crowned Miss Virginia 1940.
1931 – Sarah Hahn Along with her commitment to political education, she also modeled in theatrical advertising films in the 1930’s and traveled the world. Her father, Archie Hahn, was an Olympic gold medalist and served as track coach at the University of Virginia. Sarah met her husband when they were students at UVA and were married in 1934 in Charlottesville.
1929 – Elizabeth Magruder Elizabeth had a lifelong interest in local history, architecture and gardens, and willingly shared her interesting memories of life in earlier times in the county and city. She was born in Edgemont in Albemarle County, attended St. Anne’s School, and worked with the Albemarle Historical Society. She is known for her gracious hospitality, loyalty to her family, and generosity to those in need, she was a faithful friend to many.