Surely Jefferson's house and plantation at Monticello is a must.
Fondest memory: But my foundest memory from Charlottesville is a taste of some wine in Jefferson's winery and this little, charming church in my picture - the University of Virginia Chapel located west of the Rotunda (corner University Ave. & McCornick Rd.) The Gothic Revival building was designed by Charles Emmet Cassell of Baltimore and dedicated in 1889. The University Chapel no longer holds regular religious services, but weddings and memorial services still take place inside. I liked the design of this little church and stained glasses inside.
Visit during the summer. Students are mostly away, no problem getting hotel rooms, dinner tables, and eerily unpopulated architectural photos
Fondest memory: Having this entire quadrangle to ourselves at 8:00 AM on a Sunday morning
Favorite thing: See Monticello, Jefferson's home. See the books and inventions that engaged his mind. Reflect on a life that took him to places like Philadelphia and Paris. Imagine him anticipating reports from Lewis and Clark. Finally, remember the slaves. Whether the Sally Hemings story is true or not, the good as well as the tragic have become the heritage of all Americans.
Favorite thing: On a clear day, you can see for miles in the Charlottesville area. Just to the west, you see the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains.
builders failed to anticipate weak soil load-bearing capacity. Watch out for the leaning columns!
Fondest memory: optical illusion