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5 Things to Do in Charlottesville in June – History

Hard to believe that it is time to think about events that are happening in Charlottesville during the month of June!  There are some many things that I thought I would break them up into categories for you.  This blog will be about Historic things to do and the next one will be about Arts & Music.

June is the month when activities really get going here in Charlottesville and this year is no exception.  Let’s start with what is happening at Monticello , Ashlawn-Highland and Montpelier.  All of these Presidential homes are a short drive from Foxfield Inn.

Monticello (Thomas Jefferson)picture of Monticello with pond in foreground

  • Jefferson’s Virginia Summer Festival – May 25-July 4, various locations along the Jefferson Heritage Trail.  Events include book signings, dinners, theater, D-Day celebrations and a boat festival.  Jefferson’s Heritage Trail runs between Monticello here in Charlottesville and his summer home of Poplar Forest.
  • 19th Annual Historic Landscape Institute – June 14-19; Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center.  This is a one-week course where you will learn about landscape preservation.  The gardens of Monticello and the University of Virginia will be the setting for your outdoor classrooms.white buildings, green grass


Ashlawn-Highland (James Monroe)

  • Celebrate Elizabeth Monroe’s Birthday – June 30.  This is a fun and light-hearted celebration where you will learn how Mrs. Monroe was involved in husband’s political career.


Montpelier (James Madison)red brick wall with white arch opening to green field

  • Garden & Grounds Tour – June 6, Montpelier Visitor Center.  Learn about the gardens, trees and landscape and how they came to be over 250 years.
  • Journey from Slavery to Freedom – June 20, Montpelier Visitor Center.  View how slaves transitioned to freedom by visiting the buildings and sites where they lived and worked.  This is a walking and driving tour. Not only will you visit the Montpelier home and grounds but also the Gilmore Cabin and the 1910 Train Depot.

More to come in next post on Arts & Music events in June.

Have a great month of June!

Dan & Kathryn Bundy, your innkeepers

Foxfield Inn, a luxurious bed and breakfast in Charlottesville, VA

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