Heritage Charlottesville

For an area that is just 735 square miles, Charlottesville-Albemarle might be the most "presidential" spot in the country not called Washington.  Afterall, two presidents, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe once called Albemarle County home.  Their houses, Jefferson's Monticello and Monroe's Ash Lawn-Highland, are located within a few miles of each other.  In their spare time, Monroe and Jefferson would often meet fellow future President, James Madison, at the Albemarle County Courthouse to practice law. With that much presidential history in town its almost an afterthought that Theodore Roosevelt vacationed at Pine Knot in Albemarle County when he was in office. 

Jefferson's impact on the community is felt daily on the Grounds of the University that he founded, The University of Virginia.  Established in 1819, UVA is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an everlasting tribute to Jefferson's hand in Charlottesville's rich history. 

Besides housing and educating presidents (Woodrow Wilson attended UVA Law School), Charlottesville-Albemarle is known for its involvement in a variety of other events that shaped America.  The area was home to a prison for British Troops during the Revolutionary War and was the site of The Skirmish At Rio Hill during the American Civil War.  Multiple statues around Charlottesville commemorate lost soldiers during the Civil War along with the famous generals (Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson) who led them into battle.  

With over 245 years of history, Charlottesville-Albemarle is a must visit area for history buffs.  Who knows, a visit here might just inspire your presidential campaign!