Local Information

Local Information

Charlottesvilles population is 40,000; the local area population is 145,000. Money Magazine in 1998 named Charlottesville among the top cities in the United States. In 2004, Charlottesville was cited as the best place to live in the United States by Bert Sperling and Peter Sander in their book, Cities Ranked and Rated.

John Paul Jones Arena is centrally located for both patrons and touring companies.

Charlottesville is:

  • 69 miles from Richmond, VA
  • 116 miles from Washington, D.C.
  • 121 miles from Roanoke, VA
  • 225 miles from Raleigh, NC
  • 304 miles from Charlotte, NC

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Historic Attractions

Historic Attractions

Ash Lawn - Highland
1000 James Monroe Parkway
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902-8722

Home of James Monroe, fifth president of the United States and author of the Monroe Doctrine.  Visitors can find an authentic picture of an early 19th century working farm which includes peacocks, gardens, restored slave quarters, and the overseer’s cottage.  Special events include operas, concerts, family entertainment, and colonial craft demonstrations.

Charlottesville Historic Downtown Mall
East Main Street between 2nd and 7th Street
Charlottesville, Virginia

The Downtown Mall is Charlottesville’s dining, entertainment & shopping district.   This pedestrian mall is home to a vibrant collection of more than 120 shops and 30 restaurants (many with outdoor cafes) housed in the historic buildings on and around old Main Street.

Michie Tavern
683 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902

Located on Rt. 53 between the City and Monticello, Michie Tavern has been restored and authentically refurnished as a museum.  Open daily serving meals 7 days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tours 9-5pm.

931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902

The “Little Mountain,” home of Thomas Jefferson has been completely restored and authentically furnished by the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation.  It is located three miles southeast of Charlottesville on Rt. 53. Open daily. City and County residents with out-of-town guests admitted free with proof of residency.

Shenandoah National park
3655 US Hwy 211 East
Luray, Virginia 22835

Through this park runs one of the grandest and most spectacular motor highways to be found.  The Skyline Drive is located only a few miles west of Charlottesville.

University of Virginia Rotunda & Central Grounds
University Avenue
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

The Rotunda, which served as the core of the University of Virginia, was founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 and erected according to his plans.  On its first governing board were Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe.  The famous serpentine walls, the classic architecture, the rooms of Edgar Allan Poe and Woodrow Wilson on the East Lawn of the University and the beautiful grounds that surround the University invite and hold the eyes of countless visitors.