It’s healing from a year—or rather a history—of division
Exploring Charlottesville, Virginia is a must for everyone. Travel back in time and see how life was at the homes of 3 US Presidents and Founding Fathers.
The very best house museums bring together important architecture with riveting personal stories. Jostling for dominance at the top of the list is Monticello. The house is singular; walking in is like stepping into its builder’s brain.
It’s not Hogwarts. But almost.
The story behind the mysterious “7” symbol painted in front of the famous Rotunda.
David Vander Meulen was raised in a house without many books.
“I didn’t grow up with any sense of what that wider world was, and then when I found out I could go to the library at my local college, I thought, ‘Wow,’” said Vander Meulen, now a professor of English and bibliography at the University of Virginia. “To deny that to others, especially other first-generation students, would be a travesty. That glimpse of the wider world.”
Vander Meulen is a bibliographer; he describes and lists various editions of books and, by tracking slight changes, edits and errors, tries to understand the thought processes of authors and editors. He needs multiple editions of books and fears that planned renovations of UVa’s Alderman Library, which will be discussed at the Board of Visitors’ meeting Thursday, will endanger or destroy those books.
“One of the great accomplishments of libraries from the late-19th century on was making libraries available to the public,” Vander Meulen said. “Many modern libraries are moving in the opposite direction by reducing access to physical books.”
Read more from source: Concerns remain over Alderman Library renovation plans
The summer season is an especially beautiful and fun time to visit Charlottesville & Albemarle County! The area is home to world-renowned historic attractions, the prestigious University of Virginia, a booming craft beverage scene including wine, beer, artisanal cider, and spirits, one of the longest pedestrian malls in the entire country , all while being nestled against the backdrop of the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains. The hardest part of planning your trip will be trying to figure out which activities to choose, so the best bet is to extend your stay, so you can take advantage of everything. Check out this three-day itinerary that will deliver on many of the best things that the Charlottesville area has to offer!
Your visit to Charlottesville & Albemarle County will begin by exploring some of the area’s iconic historic attractions. Home to three former presidents (Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and James Madison), this region is steeped in a history and tradition dating back to our nation’s formative years.
Read more from source: 3 Days of Summer Fun in Charlottesville & Albemarle County! – Virginia’s Travel Blog
Thomas Jefferson has a legendary position in the American history. He was one of the Founding Fathers, the third President of the United States and the author of the Declaration of Independence. Even though it is not the first thing that comes to mind, he was also a proven architect.
A special exhibition From the Grounds Up: Thomas Jefferson’s Architecture & Design illuminated Jefferson’s architectural vision for the United States. The exhibition took place at Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia (UVA), Charlottesville and displayed Jefferson’s drawings and prints among other archival materials. The exhibition was on view from January 26 through April 29 2018, and reflected Jefferson’s architectural achievements that still endures today.
“Architecture is my delight,” Jefferson once said and throughout his life he sketched and designed many buildings. This was the first major exhibition of drawings on Jefferson’s architecture in more than 40 years according to Richard Guy Wilson, the curator of the exhibition and architectural history professor at UVA.
Jefferson is known as a a classicist who drew upon ancient Rome and Renaissance architecture.
Read more from source: UVA Exhibit Displayed The Architectural Mastery of America’s Founding Father
There’s just something so charming about these sprawling Southern campuses.
There’s nothing that signals the transition from summer to fall quite like watching students go back to school, when lazy summer days are given structure once again. Whether you’re an alumni reminiscing on your favorite college memories, or a parent gearing up for an empty nest, we’ve rounded up the prettiest Southern college campuses that will make you wish you were headed back to school, too.
Wake Forest University
Location: Winston Salem, NC
Wake Forest University’s most recognizable campus building is the Wait Chapel, which is named after the university’s founder Samuel Wait who started the private school in 1834.
University of Texas
Location: Austin, Texas
If you attend a University of Texas home football game, look out for the school’s mascot, a longhorn named Bevo—yes, a live longhorn actually attends the game! In 1915, when UT defeated Texas A&M 13-0, the football team changed the 13 to a B, the hyphen to an E, and added a V before the 0, to get the name Bevo.
Read more from source: 25 of the Most Beautiful College Campuses In the South
Virginia was the site of the first permanent English settlement in America. It is also the place where the first slaves disembarked. Eight Virginians have been elected as President of the United States, four being among the first five presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Madison and Monroe. These factors make Virginia a microcosm of both colonial society and the American culture that flowed from it. Great care has been taken to interpret history holistically there, and there are numerous museums, historic structures, tours and hundreds of markers to guide you. Every site with African-American links highlights the contradictions of life and liberty in the US. (www.visitcharlottesville.org)
Although the first land patents were issued in 1727, Albemarle County was officially established in 1744. It was named in honor of the second Earl of Albemarle. Charlottesville became the county seat with a main street that previously served as a Monacan Indian trail from the Blue Ridge Mountains to Richmond. The 50-acre, hilly, village was named after Princess Charlotte, who would later become the wife of King George III.