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Our Community

Nestled to the east of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Charlottesville-area community
is rich in elements of history, education, philanthropy, environmentalism and the performing arts.
 
The website for the City of Charlottesville offers in-depth information for visitors and the city’s more than 40,000 residents alike, including local and regional attractions, municipal services and well-developed parks and recreation offerings.
 
The counties immediately surrounding Charlottesville include Albemarle , Buckingham , Fluvanna , Greene, Louisa, Nelson and Orange , and each has informative websites to help you better explore and understand our extended community.
 
Area elements
 
A few major attractions are integral to the fabric of the Charlottesville-area community. These include the University of Virginia , founded in 1819, and the man responsible for founding it, President Thomas Jefferson, whose regal home, Monticello sits on a small mountaintop southeast of Charlottesville.
 
In 1976, the City of Charlottesville created a pedestrian mall on Main Street. Known to locals as the "Downtown Mall" this has become a center of community for the city. It features dozens of stores and restaurants, as well as the nTelos Wireless Pavilion , a covered open-air music venue.
 
There are many other performing arts venues throughout Charlottesville, including Live Arts , the Paramount , the Jefferson Theater and UVA’s John Paul Jones Arena, among many others.
 
Charlottesville boasts a remarkable selection of dining options, with nearly 300 restaurants and eateries sprinkled around the city at any one time.
 
More information
 
Charlottesville’s Visitor Center, located near the nTelos Wireless Pavilion on the Downtown Mall, offers a wealth of information about the city and surrounding area.