Earlysville is an unincorporated community in Albemarle County, Virginia, United States, roughly 9 miles (14 km) north of Charlottesville. It is named for John Early, who in 1822 bought just under 1,000 acres (4 km) of land that now comprise a portion of the town. Earlysville has a small central business district (pictured at right), with a grocery store, restaurant, dentist, daycare, and several retail stores. There is a nearby light industrial park and several small suburban developments. The bulk of the area is rural in character. The community was the original location of Michie Tavern, before its 1927 relocation adjacent to Monticello.