Did you know Charlotte was the location of the country's first gold rush? Or that legend says city leaders were the first to declare themselves independent of British rule- over a year before the rest of the American colonies? Or that it is the pimento cheese capital of the world?
As one of the oldest colonial cities in the nation, Charlotte has seen its share of tragedy, triumph, wins, and losses. Lovers of history with a side of the macabre will enjoy exploring the fascinating sites of the Queen City.
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A Presidential Heritage
In 1762, the burgeoning community was named in honor of Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the queen consort of King George III, and established itself as a tobacco-trading point along the Blue Ridge, becoming an important crossroads town during colonial times.
Charlottesville grew into the cultural and commercial center of the area, which produced national leaders whose lives contributed richly to the newly-formed nation. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe would go on to lead America as presidents, while George Rogers Clark and Meriwether Lewis would become renowned skilled explorers who opened the American West.
Center of Higher Learning
In 1819, Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States, used his influence to have the state donate land and founded the University of Virginia on the outskirts of the city in a quest to reinvent higher education in America.
The university grew into one of the most prestigious public colleges in the country, and although it had been constructed outside of town in keeping with Jefferson’s focus on the importance of an agrarian society, business prosperity, and city growth eventually brought it within the city limits, cementing the university’s role as the center of the community.
The arrival of the railroad changed the city forever.
In the 1850s, the first coal train transformed Charlottesville into one of Virginia’s biggest transportation hubs. Despite its role in support of the Confederacy, Charlottesville emerged from the Civil War largely unscathed, and the textile and agricultural industries flourished, with the city becoming nationally known for its woolens and wines.
The city’s close ties to Thomas Jefferson appealed to travelers worldwide, and a strong tourism economy developed, turning Charlottesville into a top destination during the early years of the travel industry.
“I am as happy no where else and in no other society.” – Thomas Jefferson
What was once a humble tobacco trading post has developed into a vibrant community that combines the historic charm of an 18th-century village with the hustle and bustle of a busy college town.
A relentlessly forward-facing city, Charlotte offers a curated selection of historical buildings and an abundance of unique and fulfilling experiences. Art, sportsmanship, legacy, technology, faith, perserverance- the attractions in Charlotte celebrate the greatest traits and contributions of its residents.
"Charlotte is a city with both feet planted firmly in the New South, with the emphasis on the 'new'!"
- Harry Hoover
With a diverse selection of food and drink, and a range of entertaining activities to offer, Charlotte shines as a city with something for everyone- spanning the entire gamut of interests and tastes.
A visit to the Queen City any time of the year will offer a social gathering, whether the focus is music, food, history, art, and more- there is always a reason to come together in Charlotte.
From high-speed adventure to leisurely outings, Charlotte has something for everyone. Here are some attractions that shouldn't be missed:
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