Charlottesville is widely known as home to our nation’s third, fourth and fifth presidents - Jefferson, Madison and Monroe - allowing its residents to do something that seems impossible for even the most skilled orator: deliver three presidential addresses at once.
The most famous is Monticello, the home of third President Thomas Jefferson. Designated a World Heritage Site in 1987, Monticello is of Jefferson’s own design and a favorite destination for residents and visitors.
Visitors also seek out Montpelier, the home of fourth President James Madison. The estate features many activities – from touring the mansion and other buildings on the grounds to viewing exhibits, archaeological sites and gardens.
The home of fifth President James Monroe is named Ash Lawn-Highland. The site includes a 535-acre working farm and gives visitors a taste of authentic 19th-century life through the preservation of the architecture, as well as on-site character interpretations and craft demonstrations. Ash Lawn-Highland also serves as a performing arts site, offering a location for parties, meetings, picnics and music festivals.