Explore Historic Sites in the Charlottesville Area
This part of Virginia abounds in the history of this country’s early years. You can visit the homes and cabins of 5 presidents all within a 45 minute drive of Foxfield Inn. See the map for locations.
Start by visiting Thomas Jefferson’s home Monticello – the only World Heritage site in the USA. Jefferson was our third president and was the author of the Declaration of Independence. His home has been visited by all the recent Presidents and many of the First Ladies. Monticello is home to one of the largest Naturalization ceremonies on Independence Day in the country.
Just a few miles away is Highland – home to James Monroe, our fifth president. It is a humble farm far different from the plantation of Jefferson. It is good to see both homes to get a feel for the difference in the upbringing of the early Presidents.
While in the area be sure to drop by Michie Tavern just a short distance from Monticello. There is a restored tavern, metal shop and general store for you to explore among other things.
Then it’s off to Montpelier – the home of James and Dolly Madison, our fourth president. Learn about the writing of the Constitution and Madison’s efforts to get it agreed. Here there are active archeological digs happening that are sometimes open to the public.
Next on the tour would be Woodrow Wilson’s birthplace, The Manse, in Staunton. It is also his Presidential library where his Pierce Arrow limousine is on display. It is a short drive from our bed and breakfast.
Last stop on your Presidential home tour is Pine Knot – Edith and Theodore Roosevelt’s rustic retreat. It is the most unpretentious home ever owned by a president – no electricity, heating or plumbing. It was truly a place for “rest and repairs” as described by Edith.
As you can see you will need several days to see them all.
Enjoy your Presidential home tours.
- Monticello – Home of Thomas Jefferson
- Michie Tavern – historic tavern near Monticello
- Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society – Walking Tours
- The University of Virginia – founded by Thomas Jefferson
- Montpelier – Home of James Madison
- Highland – Home of James Monroe