Charlottesville is located in Albemarle County
and it is the county seat. The city is situated northwest of Richmond
on I64 in the Central Region
of the state; Lake Anna
and Lake Anna
Historic Charlottesville, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, was the home of Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. The University of Virginia, founded and designed by Jefferson and first governed by a board whose membership included Jefferson, James Monroe and James Madison, enhances the city.
Many old homes and estates in the surrounding countryside reveal Jefferson's architectural influence; the Old Courthouse is a notable example. Albermarle County is known for its horses, dogs and fox hunting as well as its peach and apple orchards.
Charlottesville is part of the Charlottesville, Virginia metro area.