A Princess in Charlottesville

In 1918, with the onslaught of the Russian Revolution, the existence of the royal family became intolerable to the Bolsheviks and they massacred the royal Romanov family. Soon, rumors floated around that certain members of the royal family had escaped and survived. One of these, "Anna Anderson" became the most famous when in 1920, she confessed that she was Princess Anastasia, the youngest royal daughter. Though she lost a court case to prove her lineage, she maintained her story until she died. She lived in Charlottesville, Virginia from 1968 until her death and was known as "probably Charlottesville's best-loved eccentric."