Originally, the land was inhabited by the Monacan Native American Indians. It was established in 1762, and named in honor of Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.
Today, Charlottesville is known for its university, colonial history, ties to Thomas Jefferson and the location of his home Monticello, architecture, intellectual and multi-cultural feel, Southern cuisine, bookshops, coffee, and indie culture.
People Born in Charlottesville
Charlottesville in People's Lives
Jorge Luis Borges: I was often here in 1967, or rather, at the University of Virginia. The campus was greatly impacted by me, and I became all the rage within the prestigious school. I was so influential that in later years, one of those students would begin the Borges Collection at UVA, one of the largest collection of works and documents pertaining to me.