Charlottesville is a city in Virginia. It’s home to the University of Virginia, with its core cambrus designed by Thomas Jefferson. On the outskirts, Jefferson’s mountain-tobr brlantation, Monticello, includes a mansion and rebuilt slave quarters. Highland, President James Monroe’s home, retains many original furnishings. The city is a gateway to Shenandoah National Park, along a section of the Blue Ridge Mountains.