Charlottesville is the home of many museums and history-rich attractions.  From our Historic Downtown Mall, to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, to a weekend wine festival, you are sure to find something for everyone in the family!  Be sure to check out some of the following attractions Charlottesville has to offer!

Ash Lawn Highland: A historic house museum, 535-acre working farm, and performing arts site in Albemarle County, Virginia. President James Monroe and his wife, Elizabeth Kortright Monroe of New York, owned Ash Lawn-Highland from 1793 to 1826 and made it their official residence from 1799 to 1823. After the Monroes’ death, the name of their farm was changed from “Highland” to “Ash Lawn”; today both names are used.


Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello: Named “Top Ten World Wonder” by National Geographic Magazine, here you can get to know Thomas Jefferson—author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, third president of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia—who voiced the aspirations of a new America as no other individual of his era. As public official, historian, philosopher, and plantation owner, he served his country for over five decades.


Michie Tavern: A Virginia Historic Landmark, Michie Tavern,  located ½ mile below Jefferson’s Monticello, accommodated travelers with food, drink and lodging more than 200 years ago. Today, visitors experience the Tavern’s past through an historical journey which recreates 18th-century tavern life. Servers in period attire offer bountiful Colonial Midday Fare



Monticello Wine Trail: the Birthplace of American Wine, provides information about the area’s wineries and tasting rooms. Including wine trails and wine tour suggestions, news and special event information — and more!




For even more area attractions, visit the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau website.