James Monroe and Thomas Jefferson lived in Charlottesville. Did you know he was an inventor as well as a signer of the Declaration of Independence? Sitting on a site of 5,000 acres of land, Monticello was the center of agriculture and industry to not only his family but to the workers both black and white.

This was his retirement home, and throughout his life he was always interested in the scientific study of units of measure. Everything was fascinating to him. Your can visit the outbuildings and gardens, which were a botanic showpiece as well as a source of food.

Explore the University of Virginia and The Rotunda, which was designed by Thomas Jefferson. Visit Ash Lawn, home of another President, James Madison. Stop along the way to enjoy lunch at the famous Michie Tavern. The tavern has welcomed travelers for more than 200 years. Your clients will enjoy some hearty southern fare based on recipes of the period.

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