Historical Tours

Best Historical Tours Around Charlottesville, Virginia

1. Tour Michie’s Tavern

100 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Old Michie’s Tavern, established in 1784 by Scotsman William Michie, served as the social center of its community and accommodated travelers with food, drink and lodging. In 1927, the Tavern was moved 17 miles to its present location close to Monticello serving as a prime example of the Colonial Revival period.

Our tours are continuous, self-guided, family friendly educational and fun. Guests are invited to enjoy the Tavern at their own pace with opportunities for hands-on experiences.

Young tour patrons are invited to participate in an 18th-century Treasure Hunt throughout the site.

2. Tour Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

100 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Feel the power of place at Monticello. Learn about Thomas Jefferson, the ideas of freedom, and the realities of slavery that made the United States.

3. Civil War History Tour

Civil War re-enactors with period guns stand in a row.

100 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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A half-day excursion into central Virginia’s Civil War past with an award-winning Civil War historian. See an extant slave block, learn how central Virginia supported the Confederate war effort, and visit our region’s Civil War battlefield.

4. James Monroe Highlands Tour

100 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Experience Highland, the official residence of fifth President James Monroe and his wife, Elizabeth Kortright Monroe, from 1799 to 1823.

Join us for our newly revamped guided tour, lasting approximately 40 minutes, as we explore the fascinating life of the tireless public servant who fought and bled in the American Revolution, successfully negotiated the Louisiana Purchase, worked behind the scenes to push the Missouri Compromise through Congress, secured our nation’s borders, and issued our first hemisphere-wide foreign policy statement: the Monroe Doctrine. The tour also showcases an outstanding collection of 18th and early nineteenth-century furnishings, including many original to the Monroe family. Expect to spend one-and-a-half to two hours touring the house, exploring the self-guided outbuildings, and enjoying the gardens and grounds.

During the months of April through October, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, we will feature our Slavery at Highland program. We invite you to visit and learn more about the enslaved African American men, women, and children who worked on James Monroe’s property.

5. Charlottesville’s World Class Statuary Tour

100 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Home to two U.S. Presidents and the University of Virginia, it’s no surprise that Charlottesville also features amazing world-class statuary. We invite you to step back into American history and experience our city’s historic sculptures.

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