Visit Charlottesville, VA and learn about American History while camping in Virginia


Charlottesville, VA Thanksgiving Festival
Written by Ralph Yates

When Kathleen Beumel and Michael Crews married in May 1994, they spent their honeymoon at the nearby Buffalo Needmore Farm. Wouldn't it be nice, the Crewses mused, if they could some day have a buffalo herd of their own and share the joys of the magnificent animals with the public?

There is no bad time to visit Charlottesville, Virginia, home to Jefferson's Monticello, the University of Virginia, Ash Lawn-Highland, Historic Court Square and Michie Tavern, circa 1784. RV parks in Virginia are scattered throughout the state so you are able to conveniently locate yourself by this and other historic sites.  A visit during the annual Jeffersonian Thanksgiving Festival, held the weekend before Thanksgiving, adds even more fun to a visit while camping in Virginia. There are over sixty events and activities scheduled which will allow you to experience what the community was like during the American Revolution. You will step back in history and mingle with famous statesmen, soldiers, craftsmen, clergymen, and citizens who gather for a Day of Public Thanksgiving that was proclaimed by Virginia's Governor Thomas Jefferson.

At the different venues, you will meet about 150 costumed professional and amateur historians and dramatic artists portraying famous people from the past. Many of these people will be interpreted using their own original writings, either in short dramatic discussions and meetings, or in informal conversations as you meet them roaming about Court Square, Lee Park, or the Downtown Mall.

For example, you can visit a revolutionary war encampment and mingle with Revolutionary-era soldiers, their wives, and other camp followers. Gather around the soldiers' tents and campfires as they explain the history of their particular units.

At the Revolutionary Ball, you might meet Governor Thomas Jefferson and his lady Martha, Patrick Henry and other famous people from the past. They've all come together to enjoy the music and dance of the period. The many games, plays and reenactments are fun for all.

You can purchase the President's Pass from the Visitors Bureau, a discounted ticket for touring Monticello, Ash Lawn-Highland, and Michie Tavern Museum.

Charlottesville is located on I-64 west of Richmond.

Camping in Virginia
RV parks in Virginia may offer you a surprise as many are located in beautiful horse country. Horseback-riding trails stretch through hunt country and meander through woodlands and along the beach.  

Just add water to your experience while beach camping in Virginia. With 500 miles of shoreline on the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, there’s plenty of room to spread your beach blanket.

Whatever your desire, whether is visiting RV parks in Virginia or beach camping in Virginia, this is a great state to do it all.