With a captivating blend of colorful history, distinctive architecture and Southern hospitality, Charlottesville, Va., is a destination unlike any other. In the shadow of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains in Albemarle County, Charlottesville still reflects the revolutionary ideals of the founding fathers who once called this place home. Here visitors can walk in the footsteps of Jefferson at his beloved University of Virginia and at Monticello, the home he designed and redesigned, built and rebuilt over the course of four decades.
“When you combine the spectacular natural beauty of the region with Charlottesville’s architectural and cultural heritage, it’s easy to see why this is such an ideal destination, said Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “Jefferson loved his home here more than any place on earth, and two centuries later, visitors are just as captivated by Charlottesville’s charms.”
It seems as if we have gone from a “great place to live” to a “great place to visit” … not an altogether positive development (despite the fact that Charlottesville/Albemarle/Central Virginia really is a great place to live and raise a family).