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THE NATION’S BIRTHPLACE
The first English settlement of what would become the United States—and the original capital of Virginia—was Jamestown in 1607. Eight U.S. Presidents were born in this state, including Thomas Jefferson.
In Charlottesville, Jefferson built his iconic home, the Monticello, where he wrote the Declaration of Independence, and established the University of Virginia’s Academical Village. Together, these National Historic Landmarks have been declared UNESCO World Heritage sites for their historic significance.
Inspired by the classics, Thomas Jefferson’s iconic home in Charlottesville, Virginia–whose name Monticello means “little mount” in Italian–has become an American icon. In 1987, 200 years after it was built, Jefferson’s Monticello was named an UNESCO World Heritage Site (along with the University of Virginia’s Academical Village that he also designed). This beautifully maintained example of Neoclassical architecture was…
…established through the timeless principles of liberty and order…