Seth came for a visit in August, to celebrate my birthday with me, and we decided to take a brief trip to Charlottesville. Neither of us had been to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello (our adventure will be detailed in the next Lost in DC post) and wanted to spend most of a day there. But first we wanted to check out C-ville (as it is evidently referred to by the locals).
Charlottesville is located in the Piedmont Plateau, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with the Rivanna River running through. The city has been independent (not part of a county) since 1888, but serves as a cultural center for the surrounding area. You will not only find Thomas Jefferson's mountain-top home, Monticello, but the home of learning he founded, the University of Virginia. [read more...]