Charlottesville Things to Do

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  • 1. Monticello

    Monticello was the home of Thomas Jefferson for most of his life. Thomas Jefferson was born in 1743 and died on July 4 1826. He was America’s Third President of the United States, Congressman, Author...

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  • 2. Ash Lawn Highland

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The marker reads: This estate was the home of James Monroe, fifth president of the United States. In 1793, James and Elizabeth Kortright Monroe purchased 1,000 acres adjoining Jefferson's Monticello....

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  • 3. University of Virginia

    The University of Virginia is the heart of Charlottesville. It sprawls out on the western edge of the town, with a huge campus and plenty of Palladian architecture. The university is a UNESCO World...

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  • 4. Downtown Mall

    This is what a pedestrian mall should be. It's lined with shops and restaurants, safe, centrally located, and very attractive. The Paramount Theatre offers live show, while the Regal Cinema has...

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  • 5. Michie Tavern

    4 out of 5 stars

    Established in 1784 by Scotsman William Michie, served as the social center of its community and accommodated travelers with food, drink and lodging. In 1927, the Tavern was moved 17 miles to its...

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  • 6. Thomas Jefferson Home

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Monticello is a must visit when in Charlottesville. This was the home of Thomas Jefferson and today you can spend several hours walking around the grounds and/or taking several tours. There are tours...

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  • 7. Montpelier

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    James Madison, the fourth President, is best remembered as the main author of the Federalist Papers. Having studied the history of republics through the ages, he recommended a system of government...

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  • 8. Meadow Run Mill & General Store

    Not far from the Tavern, the Michie family owned and operated a mill and general store. At the turn of the century the mill fell from decay. In order to recreate the Michie's Tovern plantation (which...

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  • 9. Humpback Rocks

    Humpback Rocks is a short and steep hike to a beautiful viewpoint in the Blue Ridge Mountains, about a half hour drive from Charlottesville. From the Humpback...

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  • 10. Carter Mountain Orchard

    Situated atop Carter Mountain, a large hill in the Piedmont, this orchard not only offers delicious apples in the fall and peaches in the summer- it also offers...

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  • 11. Charlottesville City Hall

    The old city hall was once the Levy Opera House in 1852 and in 1981 it was remodeled and converted into the Old City Hall. Grigg, Wood, and Brown who designed...

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  • 12. Tobacco Barn 1790

    This barn was once a place to hang and dry harvested tobacco plants. Tobacco was the primary cash crop in early Virginia. Many large landholders, including the...

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  • 13. Sowell House 1822 ~The Clothier Shop

    The Sowell House was acquired by Michie Tavern in 1993. The initial construction took place 173 years ago, six miles south from here. The original owner,...

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  • 14. Piney River Cabin~The Metal Smith Shop

    Virginia's virgin forest provided materials for the settlers' most basic shelter. Centuries ago, first growth trees were felled and the wood hewn to form this...

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  • 15. Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center Theater

    In the theater is a film about Thomas Jefferson and the visions he had for America's future. How he played in such a crucial role in the revolutionary struggle...

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  • 16. Robert H. and Clarice Smith Gallery

    This gallery has four wonderful galleries:Stacy Smith Liss Gallery (The Words of Thomas Jefferson) is a spiral located on the floor and I found that fun and...

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  • 17. Jefferson's Grave

    Thomas Jefferson is buried at Monticello with other members of his family in a graveyard chosen by him in 1773. Laid out upon the death of his closest friend...

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  • 18. Vegetable Garden & Vineyard

    The Vegetable Garden's dramatic setting is enhanced by the pavilion that Jefferson noted "for the center of the south long walk of the garden" in a manuscript...

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  • 19. Joinery

    Although the chimney is all that remains, this was once a vital part of the plantation. A joiner was a woodworker who made doors, windows, and decorative...

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  • 20. Slave Cabin

    One of three, one­room log cabins (Buildings r, s, and t) built roughly on top of the old Negro Quarter in the mid­1790s along the eastern extension of...

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  • 21. Levy Gravesite~ Stone Dwelling

    In 1809 Jefferson had a stone house, intended as quarters for enslaved workers, built at this location on Mulberry Row, generally where the washhouse once...

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  • 22. Wine Cellar

    Wines from all over Europe and elsewhere were served at Monticello. The use of this cellar for storing wine is evident from the pair of bottle­sized dumbwaiters...

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  • 23. Cook's Quarters~South Pavilion Cellar

    This room, completed in 1802 and located next to the Kitchen, was reserved for Monticello's chief cook. First occupied by Peter Hemings, the room became home in...

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  • 24. Kitchen~South Pavilion Cellar

    The kitchen was among the best equipped in Virginia. While serving as U.S. Minister to France, Jefferson purchased a large number of cooking utensils for his...

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  • 25. South Pavilion~Cellar

    The South Paviion at the end of the terrace was the first building erected on the mountaintop. Jefferson lived there from November 1770, while the first...

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