Historic Holidays in Charlottesville

December 14, 2018 | Ivy Publications

While Charlottesville is known as a wonderful destination for history lovers any time of the year, with its various historic sites and homes that are open for public tours and visitation, experiencing these attractions during the holidays is a unique and wonderful experience. During the holiday season, Charlottesville’s historic sites join in the festivities and offer visitors the opportunity to experience decorations and traditions of holidays past. Scroll on to learn about some of the historic places you can visit this season!

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

Home of our third President, University of Virginia founder, and author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello displays the holiday traditions of his time. Monticello is open daily from 10am–5pm. On December 14, 15, 19–23 & 26–30, you can also enjoy special Holiday Evening Tours.

Michie Tavern

This 18th-century tavern, named after proprietor Corporal William Michie, features colonial decorations, southern fare and servers in period attire. The tavern’s dining room is open every day from 11:30am–3pm.

James Monroe’s Highland

When visiting Highland, home of our fifth President James Monroevisitors will enjoy seeing the decorations, including greenery and arrangements sourced from plants and trees on the estate. Highland is open daily from 11am–5pm. You can also enjoy special holiday after-hours tours of Highland on December 15, 28 & 29.

James Madison’s Montpelier

Home of our fourth President James Madison, Montpelier’s mansion showcases 19th-century holiday decorations and customs. Montpelier is open daily from 9am–5pm. (Photo by Jenniffer Powers, courtesy of The Montpelier Foundation)


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