The Paramount Theater marquee before our benefit concert featuring Jay Hunter Morris. Photo by Rob Garland Photographers.

The Paramount Theater marquee before our benefit concert featuring Jay Hunter Morris. Photo by Rob Garland Photographers.

 

About Charlottesville

Situated at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the city of Charlottesville is a beautiful and historic hub for arts and culture. Home to the University of Virginia and Monticello, UNESCO World Heritage Sites designed by Thomas Jefferson, Charlottesville offers a unique experience for visitors and residents alike.

Founded in 1762, Charlottesville is steeped in United States history. Two Founding Fathers who became U.S. Presidents -- Jefferson and James Monroe -- hailed from the city, while a third, James Monroe, was from nearby Orange. In 1819, Jefferson founded the University of Virginia a short distance from the city center, which today claims more than 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and is one of the foremost universities in the country.

The beautiful Downtown Mall, a pedestrian-only mall situated on what was once the historic Three Notch'd Road, is the center of the city. Lined with locally-owned stores and restaurants, the mall is also home to The Paramount Theater, where Charlottesville Opera holds its productions. Particularly in the summer, the mall provides many opportunities for a perfect night out on the town.

For more information on Charlottesville, visit the Charlottesville-Albemarle County Visitors Bureau.