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Bring the VA charter bus around to Monticello (former home of Thomas Jefferson) and Ash Lawn Highland (James Monroe) for a lookaround

Interesting Residences at Charlottesville, Virginia

May 27, 2014

When visiting Virginia in your charter bus, don’t miss a chance to head to Charlottesville, a lovely university town in central Virginia. This town is rich in history and culture being the major cultural center for central Virginia.

Charlottesville offers fine dining, shopping, and entertainment, as well as vineyard and horse country on the outskirts. Many of Charlottesville's public buildings are made of brick and built in a Jeffersonian style, and many private homes are colonial, so don’t miss a chance to visit the lovely residences located in this quaint town.


931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 984-9800

This primary plantation just outside of Charlottesville was home to Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States. Originally, this plantation mainly cultivated tobacco and mixed crops using slave labor, but later switched to wheat plantation.

Designed by Jefferson, the main house was based on neoclassical principles as seen in books of Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. However, charter bus visitors will notice that many of the designs also include elements that were popular in late 18th century Europe as well as Jefferson’s personal design solutions.

Situated on the summit of an 850-foot-high peak in the Southwest Mountains south of the Rivanna Gap, Monticello comes from the Italian word “little mount”. Other than the main house, party bus visitors can view the other outbuildings at the plantation such as a nailery, quarters for domestic slaves, gardens for flowers, produce, and Jefferson's experiments in plant breeding.

The Monticello is opened daily. Admission is $22 for adults, $8 for children 6 - 11. Annual Pass costs $50.

Ash Lawn-Highland

2050 James Monroe Parkway Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 293-8000

Another residence of note in Charlottesville is this estate once belonging to James Monroe, fifth President of the United States. Now the estate is owned, operated and maintained by Monroe's alma mater, the College of William and Mary.

The home is a one-story three bay by three bay, original frame section connected to a two-over-two central hall addition by a short wide hall serving as a parlor. Ash Lawn-Highland is located just across from Monticello, so charter bus visitors can take this opportunity to visit both these residences at one go.

The Highlands features gable-roofed ice house, a gable-roofed cabin with an exterior end brick chimney, and a smokehouse with a pyramidal roof.

Opened daily, with admission of $10 for adults.

Let Bus Rental VA take you around in comfort and complete safety

There are many more places in Charlottesville to visit, and to make it easier for you to get around, do rent a bus to get about. Call 1-800-304-1993 or 202-434-8368 to get a quote or to book a bus of your choice.