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Been to Charlottesville yet?

Charlottesville is centrally located in the eastern foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Central Virginia region. Charlottesville’s rich cultural, natural, and artistic history is showcased in a selection of first-rate museums, galleries, wineries, shops, and parks… a natural attraction to senior history buffs.

Home to Two Presidents

Charlottesville, an independent city, has an official population of approximately 44,000.  It is best known as the home to two U.S. Presidents: Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe.  While both these gentlemen lived in Charlottesville they traveled to and from the capitol (Richmond, Virginia) along the 71-mile historic Three Notch’d Road.

Nearby is the home of James Madison in Orange, as well as the home of the University of Virginia, which, along with Monticello is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Jefferson’s mountain-top home at Monticello, attracts approximately half a million tourists every year. Have you been there yet?  If not…it’s a “must see” and should be on your “bucket list.” It is a magnificent stop…the home, an architectural marvel, designed by Jefferson himself and the site, spilling over with historical interest.   While both these southern gentlemen lived in Charlottesville they traveled to and from the capitol (Richmond, Virginia) along the 71-mile historic Three Notch’d Road.

City Ranked #1 Place to Live in the Country

Frommer’s Cities Ranked and Rated has named Charlottesville the Best Place to Live in America!   Downtown with its historic streets and buildings, and a new pedestrian mall attracts many senior travelers.  Outdoor restaurants and cafés, concerts, street vendors, and impromptu theatrical events keep things lively in this quarter of the city.

A One-Stop Site

This URL has lots of information for first-time senior visitors to Charlottesville.  Myself, being a Master Gardener, I’d like all those orchards and vineyards.  And history… the second name for Charlottesville has to be “Historyville.” Many of the area’s familiar names today are references to its colonial-era past.

History and More Attracts Senior Visitors

Senior visitors are eager to see Thomas Jefferson’s home at Monticello and his lasting academic legacy at the University of Virginia.  And while it’s true that a walking tour of downtown Charlottesville offers a deep look into early-American history, the destination offers far more than just historic sites, Charlottesville musical scene lights up with legendary blues artists, rockstars and internationally acclaimed musicians.

Local Visitor Centers

The City’s Visitor Center provides many services including same-day hotel reservations, local and statewide travel information, brochures, guides and maps. For more information call: 434.293.6789 or toll free: 877.386.1103.  Check out this list of more things to see and do and add a few to your list of “must see and do” in Charlottesville. Seems like you just can’t miss on this one seniors.  jeb


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