Number Nothing Court Square, the historic building from which humans were bought and sold, has a new owner


After more than a month on the market, Number Nothing Court Square – the site of an auction block where humans were bought and sold into slavery – has been sold.

According to the city’s GIS system, an entity called Excellent Horse LLC has been the new owner since October 22. Excellent Horse paid $ 1,287,500 for the two plots that together form Number Nothing (also known as 0 Court Square). This is $ 62,500 less than the asking price of $ 1,350,000 and $ 162,100 more than the appraisal value of $ 1,125,400.

It is not clear who is behind the LLC.

Tucker Waldruff is listed as the Registered Agent for Excellent Horse (the person or entity generally responsible for keeping a company’s tax and legal affairs in order). The registered agent of a business is not necessarily the owner of the business.

Excellent Horse did not list any senior officers on file with the Virginia State Corporation Commission. However, its primary address is the same as Waldruff’s listed business address, 103 Third St. SE. It is also the address of Equity Financial Services, a local accounting firm whose chairman is registered with the SCC under the name Paden Waldruff.

Tucker Waldruff could not be reached for comment and a woman who answered the phone at Equity Financial Services said she knew nothing about Excellent Horse or the Number Nothing Court Square sale.

The Number Nothing building and the land on which it stands have extraordinary cultural and historical value to the community.

The brick structure was built as a merchant’s shop in the 1820s, and local newspaper advertisements from the 1850s and 60s show that Benson & Brother mercantile bought and sold goods and people from this building, Phil Varner, chairman of the Charlottesville Historic Resources Committee which compiled an index of these advertisements, said Charlottesville Tomorrow in September, when the property was freshly released to the market.

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