In contrast, the rest of the downtown area
was very quiet on this Sunday evening in
May. We walked to both ends of the pedestrian area checking out the wide variety of
restaurants and shops and headed back to
our quarters at the inn.
We settled into our cozy attic room in the
1856 12-bedroom home built for Thomas
Jefferson Werenbaker, a close friend of
Thomas Jefferson. The home’s checkered
past includes stints as a finishing school,
brothel, and boarding house. In 1986, it
was transformed to an inn. Every inch, from
the neoclassical veranda to the two-story
walnut serpentine banister, was restored
with meticulous attention to detail.
In the morning, we enjoyed the delicious
breakfast spread of home-baked breads,
fruit, and fresh-squeezed orange juice served
in the library. Through the back window, I
finally laid eyes on a moving train, several of
which lulled me in my sleep during the
night. After checking out, we hopped back
in the car for a short drive to our next stop:
Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.
While waiting for our tour to begin, we
took in the spectacular panoramas of the
surrounding Piedmont and Blue Ridge
Mountains. The vegetable gardens on the
south side of the house looked even more
enchanting than I had imagined from the
photos and I was anxious to explore them
after the tour.
We found it interesting that Thomas
Jefferson’s father, a successful planter and
cartographer, had died in 1757 when
Jefferson was just 14 years old and that
Jefferson had inherited a sizable amount of
land and money when he turned 21. It was
just four years later that Jefferson began to
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Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall is a pedestrian-only shopping, dining, and
entertainment area in the heart of the city.
Outside City Hall, the 54-foot-long slate Freedom Wall invites passerbys to
Charlottesville at a Glance
; POPULATION: 43,511 (2010).
; SIZE: 10. 3 square miles.
; GEOGRAPHY: Charlottesville is located in central Virginia
in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains along the
Rivianna River, a tributary of the James River.
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The Local www.thelocal-cville.com.
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