Located in the center of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Charlottesville has small town charm, yet exudes sophistication. We are home to the University of Virginia, and Thomas Jefferson's beloved home Monticello on Monticello Mountain. We have gorgeous mountain vistas and a very temperate climate.
Our Downtown Mall is the one of the longest pedestrian malls in the nation with stores, restaurants, and many civic activities, including the Fridays after Five concert series. A great way to mingle at the end of the busy work week. We are the launching pad and home of the Dave Matthews Band. There is quite an active music scene here.
Not far from the vibrant downtown area, the Foxfield Races is a steeplechase event with an elaborate tailgating venue which happens every spring and fall. The University of Virginia has about 20,000 students which pour into our home to attend the University. The Rotunda (designed by Jefferson) and Old Cabell Hall (designed by Stanford White). Along the Lawn and the parallel Range are dormitory rooms reserved for distinguished students, Edgar Allan Poe once lived here.
The University Programs Council is a student-run body that programs concerts, comedy shows, speakers, and many other events open to the students and the community, such as the annual "Lighting of the Lawn." One block from The Rotunda, the University of Virginia Art Museum exhibits work drawn from its collection of more than 10,000 objects and has special temporary exhibitions from sources across the nation. It is also home to the Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School where all military lawyers, known as "JAGs", take courses specific to military law.
John Grisham and Rita Mae Brown are some of our local authors. Charlottesville ranks third in the nation for per-capita book sales, and our love affair with books is very evident in early spring when we host The Virginia Festival of the Book. This festival an entertaining, educational celebration, the only one of its kind in the mid-Atlantic.