About Charlottesville

Situated at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the city of Charlottesville is a beautiful and historic hub for arts and culture. Home to the University of Virginia and Monticello, UNESCO World Heritage Sites designed by Thomas Jefferson, Charlottesville offers a unique experience for visitors and residents alike.

Founded in 1762, Charlottesville is steeped in United States history. Two Founding Fathers who became U.S. Presidents -- Jefferson and James Monroe -- hailed from the city, while a third, James Monroe, was from nearby Orange. In 1819, Jefferson founded the University of Virginia a short distance from the city center, which today claims more than 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and is one of the foremost universities in the country.

The beautiful Downtown Mall, a pedestrian-only mall situated on what was once the historic Three Notch'd Road, is the center of the city. Lined with locally-owned stores and restaurants, the mall is also home to The Paramount Theater, where Ash Lawn Opera holds its productions. Particularly in the summer, the mall provides many opportunities for a perfect night out on the town.

For more information on Charlottesville, visit the Charlottesville-Albemarle County Visitors Bureau.

The Paramount marquee on a beautiful summer evening in 2014