Albemarle County is a large county in the center of Virginia. It is home to the City of Charlottesville and the incorporated town of Scottsville. Other notable place names are Crozet, Batesville, Earlysville, White Hall, Dyke, Esmont, North Garden, Covesville, Milton, Barboursville, Stony Point, Burnley Station, Rio Mills, and a number of other place names sometimes denoting communities that may no longer exist.
A lot of history took place in Albemarle County. Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home, and Ashlawn-Highland, the home of James Monroe are both located just a few miles east of Charlottesille. During the Civil War George Armstrong Custer led a diversionary cavalry raid into Albemarle County, burning Rio Mills before being blocked by Confederate artillerymen from causing further destruction near the City of Charlottesville itself. In the late 1950s the public schools were closed rather than submit to desegregation. Much of note has happened here.
This is a beautiful location. Much of Albemarle County is rural: pastures, meadows, large cultivated fields, vineyards, grazing land, forests, mountains and foothills, rolling countryside, picturesque towns and villages, rivers and streams, lakes and ponds, pleasant county parks, quarries, barns and tobacco sheds… It seems every windy county road serves up a sight to rouse your interest.
There’s lots to do here: horseback riding, biking, hiking, boating on the James or Rivanna Rivers. There’s lots of opportunity for music, both listening and playing. Over at Milton Field radio control model airplane enthusiasts make their dreams fly. Where there are vineyards there are wineries, and Albemarle County hosts more than a few – a fun day is making a tasting tour.
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