University of Virginia
Established in 1974 in an old apple barn, Carter Mountain Orchards has grown into one of the most recognized farm markets in Virginia. Open early July through Thanksgiving and weekends in December, the market offers a wonderful selection of fresh produce, jams and jellies, local crafts and gift items.
Built in 1784 and a superb example of the 1920's preservation movement, famed Michie Tavern offers an exciting historical experience and wonderful food in a rustic atmosphere. Guests dine on fried chicken, black-eyed peas, stewed tomatoes, green beans, mashed potatoes with gravy, whole baby beets, coleslaw, homemade biscuits, cornbread and cobbler.
The wineries on the Monticello Wine Trail have all been inspired by Thomas Jefferson's version of winemaking. Experience first-hand the deep historic significance and lush vineyard views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Over 30 wineries take the greatest pleasure in welcoming guests to sample their wines, relax in the bucolic countryside and share their pride in Virginia's wine-making heritage.
Tour the mountain-top home, gardens and plantation of Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States. The autobiographical masterpiece of Thomas Jefferson, Monticello, was designed, redesigned, built and rebuilt for more than 40 years. Jefferson described the house as his “essay in architecture.” Today, it is recognized as an international treasure.
The University of Virginia (UVA) was founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson. It's a public institution with an undergraduate enrollment of over 16,000 students. This highly selective, nationally ranked university offers the vast intellectual resources of a major research university coupled with the intimacy and sense of community found in a smaller college.