Tuesday, August 03, 2010
There is something for everyone this time of year where the students hang out at UVA's "The Corner". Come visit before the students return and see what this famous students' hangout is all about.The "downtown" of the University of Virginia, it was once truly a "corner" where the main road to Charlottesville entered the University grounds. Now a five-city-blocks long hub of activity, home to numerous restaurants, gift shops, bookstores, boutiques -- and nightlife -- it is the place to be.
You may be interested in its history -- When UVA was built by Thomas Jefferson in the 1820's the original grounds were two miles from the town of Charlottesville. Mr. Jefferson chose the site so that he could watch the construction progress from his home at Monticello. From the beginning it was only natural that a commercial area began developing near the University train station. As years passed, the town grew to the west and now encircles and extends beyond the University, but "The Corner" still remains.
Another interesting place to visit while staying at the Inn at Sugar Hollow Farm - a bit of the past and present, all rolled into UVA, eclectic shops, fine dining and good times. Oh, and don't forget Elliewood Avenue - the city's liveliest dead-end street. Enjoy the sidewalk space at The Corner -- that is, until the students return!