Albemarle County is widely recognized as rich in history and beauty. Among
its historic attractions are Monticello, home to President
Thomas Jefferson, and Ash Lawn/Highland, home to President
James Monroe and his wife, Dolley. The University of Virginia presents a wide
range of cultural activities open to the public, such as concerts, lectures,
performances and collegiate sporting events throughout the year.
Recreational opportunities abound within the region, too, such as three
regional parks offering swimming, fishing, boating and hiking. The Shenandoah National Park runs along the county's western edge
and offers camping and hiking in the midst of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Albemarle is home to many equestrian events, such as steeplechase races and polo