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Ash Lawn-Highland
Getting there: Rt. 20 South to Rt. 53 East and follow signs (15 minute drive).

Home of James Monroe, President of the United States, 1817-1825, who bought his "country cottage estate," as he called it, in 1793, mostly to be closer to his good friend, Thomas Jefferson, who lived 2.5 miles down the road. Annual celebration of Monroe's birthday on April 28. Open daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. from April through October, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. November through March. Local residents and children $5; other adults $9.

Monticello Student Favorite
Getting there: Follow the signs from almost anywhere in town to Rt. 53.


Thomas Jefferson's home. Your ticket gets you a half-hour guided tour of the house and self-guided tours of the gardens and slave quarters. Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. from March through October, and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. November through February. Discounts for students and locals who bring a paying adult: Tickets and Tours.

Michie Tavern
Getting there: Half-mile before Monticello on Rt. 53.

One of the oldest homesteads in Virginia, built by John Michie circa 1784, offers tours. Lunch at "The Ordinary" is a fixed menu in the colonial style. General store and museum gift shop. If you don't want to pay for the tour, you can still check out the other period buildings on your way to Monticello.

(540) 672-2728
Getting there: Rt. 20 North and follow signs (25 miles).

First settled in 1723, the 175-room, 2,700-acre lifelong home of James Madison, fourth U.S. President. Open 9:30 am-4:30 pm November through March. Open 9:30 am- 5:30 pm April through October. First Saturday in November you can see a steeplechase. $11 adults, $6 for children 6-14, free for children under 6.

Photos courtesy of the Charlottesville/Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau,


Want a more active day trip? Check out the Clubs and Organizations by Sport page for information on skiing, snow tubing, canoeing, rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, ice skating, and more.


For links to local and regional historical offerings, check out the Monticello Avenue community website: history.htm

UVA Student Guides offer tours of Thomas Jefferson's Academical Village, including the Rotunda and ranges, throughout the year. During the summer, the tours are shortened to include the Rotunda only. The Rotunda is open to visitors daily from 9 am-4:45 pm. Free. Call 924-7969 for information.



Every fall and spring, the Foxfield Races, a steeplechase horse race with a tailgating atmosphere, is a big draw for UVA students. The Student Bar Association sponsors a trip to the event.

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