The home of Thomas Jefferson is located 2.4 miles from the Inn at Monticello. In April 2009, a new visitor's center opened at Monticello, which offers some exciting new films and exhibits about the life of our nation's third president. Monticello also produces many other entertaining educational programs about subjects such as gardening and Jeffersonian architecture, and provides guided tours of the house and grounds. For information about tours and events, go to www.Monticello.org.
Ash Lawn-Highland, the home of James Monroe, fifth president of the United States, is located about four miles from the Inn at Monticello. It is owned and operated by The College of William and Mary, Monroe's alma mater. Daily tours are available. Ash Lawn-Highland also hosts weddings and other special events. Go to www.ashlawnhighland.org for information.
Montpelier was the home of James Madison, fourth president of the United States, and his popular wife Dolley. The house recently underwent a complete restoration. It is located in Orange, Virginia, about 27 miles north of the Inn at Monticello. The estate consists of more than 2,600 acres. Just as Jefferson is remembered as the author of the Declaration of Independence, Madison is known as the "Father of the Constitution" of the United States. The house is open for visitors on a daily basis, and the property serves as the site of the Orange County fair and the Montpelier Hunt Races. See www.montpelier.org for details about visiting and events.
Historic Michie Tavern
Michie Tavern, built in 1784, is located about 1.5 miles from the Inn at Monticello. The Tavern conducts daily tours and serves a wonderful luncheon buffet featuring fried chicken, southern style vegetables, cornbread, and desserts. Check out its Web site, www.michietavern.com.
University of Virginia's "Academical Village" and the Rotunda
The University of Virginia, designed by Thomas Jefferson and built on land owned by James Monroe, opened its doors to students in 1819. Visitors may tour the "academical village" and the Rotunda, and see original letters and drawings from Jefferson in the Special Collections Library. Also available for viewing is a room that was occupied by Edgar Allen Poe, a student at the University in 1826. Even when the University is not in session, there are many things to do and see. For information about UVA, go to www.virginia.edu.
In 1905, president Theodore Roosevelt and his wife purchased a rustic cabin and 15 acres in Albemarle County. The Roosevelts stayed in the cabin on eight occasions between 1905 and 1908. In 1941, Mrs. Roosevelt sold the property to a neighbor. Today Pine Knot is owned and maintained by the Edith and Theodore Roosevelt Pine Knot Foundation. It is open to tours by special request. Please go to www.pineknot.org and www.scottsvillemuseum.com for more information.
Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum
In 1912, Woodrow Wilson became the twenty-eighth president of the United States. President Wilson was born in nearby Staunton, Virginia, and he attended the University of Virginia Law School. His presidential library and museum are located next to his boyhood home, and they are open to the public. For more information about tours and other services, check out this website: www.woodrowwilson.org.
Civil War Battlefields
Central Virginia played an important role in the Civil War. Richmond was the capital of the Confederacy; Chancellorsville (1863) and the Wilderness (1864) were significant battles that took place just to the north of Charlottesville, in Spotsylvania and Orange Counties. The Civil War ended at Appomattox Courthouse, about an hour to the south.