Frequently listed among the best places to live in the U.S., Charlottesville is also a great place to visit. Whether you love food, history, the arts, or the great outdoors, Charlottesville has it all.
Local Historic Sites
Charlottesville is rich with history. In addition to Jefferson, the area was home to Presidents James Madison and James Monroe. The University of Virginia, which Jefferson founded and designed, is (along with Monticello) a World Heritage site and an architectural masterpiece.
I recently visited Virginia Tech for the Virginia Association of Museums Fundamentals Forum (sorry, Hoos). I had heard about this tradition or right-of-passage before, but while at Tech I heard someone (a student who had actually done it) mention the tradition of exploring the steam tunnels under the campus. Since then, I’ve looked into it, and there are lots of other Hokie traditions.
Write with a quill-pen, play 18th-century games and enjoy many more fun hands-on activities at this family-oriented workshop located beneath the North Terrace. Open from 10 am – 6 pm daily. Included in price of admission. (Also open daily from June 4 – Sept 5)