Chester Bed & Breakfast is a Charlottesville bed and breakfast located in the heart of historic Virginia. It is the perfect home base for exploring all kinds of history. Chester Bed & Breakfast is within a two-hour drive of the homes of three presidents, Appomattox, the new national D-Day Memorial, Civil War trails, historic Lexington, Fork Union, Richmond, Charlottesville and the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, among others. Of course if you are traveling to the University of Virginia (UVA) for graduation, parent's weekend, or their popular football games, you need look no further than the historic Inn of Chester Bed & Breakfast.
Ash Lawn-Highland was the home of President James Monroe, and is now a historic house museum, 535-acre working farm, and performing arts site. www.ashlawnhighland.org
Situated on a mountaintop outside Charlottesville, Virginia, is Monticello, a 5,000-acre plantation, the home of Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, third president of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia. Monticello is the only historic house in the U.S. on the United Nations' World Heritage List. www.monticello.org
Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Orange, Virginia, Montpelier was the lifelong home of President James Madison. The Montpelier estate features the Madison mansion, historic buildings, exhibits, archaeological sites, gardens, forests, hands-on activities, a new Visitor Center, and a freedman's cabin and farm. www.montpelier.org
At the end of the day, come back to Chester B & B in Scottsville for a welcoming glass of wine, a cool drink or fresh cookies, stroll our landscaped grounds, or enjoy the sunset from one of our porches.
Points of Interest and Historic Resources
Scottsville Visitors Information
Charlottesville/Albemarle County Visitors Information
Albemarle-Charlottesville Historical Society
A resource for all of the historical offerings in the area.
Home of President James Monroe. Many interesting and diverse events take place at this unique location.
Civil War Sites
Start your tour in Scottsville, Va, where a cemetery honors those who died at makeshift hospital sites in Scottsville after Union forces swept through the town on March 6, 1865.
America's last poled ferry has been crossing the James River for 140 years.
Historic Downtown Mall
This six-block pedestrian mall, the Charlottesville Downtown Mall features boutiques, restaurants, antique shops and entertainment.
This genuine early American tavern opened in 1784, and serves food based on recipes from that era - a culinary adventure into history right outside Charlottesville.
Home of President Thomas Jefferson and a United Nations historic house.
Home of President James Madison. The races at Montpelier are an event not to be missed!
The Scottsville Museum brings our town's history to life, from its beginnings as an 18th century James River settlement to its shining era as a bustling 19th century river and canal port.
Enjoy the majestic scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains by driving a portion of Skyline Drive.
The rustic "camp-like" retreat of President and Mrs. Roosevelt in the heart of the Blue Ridge.
The Blue Ridge Parkway
Outstanding scenery and recreational opportunities make the Blue Ridge Parkway one of the most popular units of the National Park System.
University of Virginia
Thomas Jefferson's University and the heart of Charlottesville, Va. Watch Jefferson's dream in reality by taking a tour of this campus that combines the original vision of Thomas Jefferson with modern facilities for students.
The Discovery School of Virginia for Boys and the Discovery School of Virginia for Girls serve young people who are experiencing emotional, behavioral, and learning problems.
Visit the Walton Family Farm! Offers replicas of John-Boy's Bedroom, Ike Godsey's Store, "The Waltons" kitchen and "The Waltons" living room.
Historic Fork Union
Maps, county information and more.
Canoeing, kayaking, tubing, rafting or fishing:
Spend a day on the Horseshoe Bend of the James River near Scottsville, Va enjoying nature and cool waters.
Hot air ballooning:
See the beauty of the Blue Ridge mountains from new heights. Sunrise and sunset tours available.
For a relaxing stroll or more energetic climb in the beautiful settings in the Charlottesville and Scottsville, Va areas, try these trails.
Charlottesville walking trails
Crabtree Falls in Nelson County
Old Rag Mountain in Madison County
Antiquing & Furniture Shopping
Green Front Furniture & Accessories, Farmville
River Town Antiques, Scottsville
Antiquer's Mall, Ruckersville
Country Store Antiques Mall, Ruckersville
Green House Shops, Ruckersville
And George, Ivy
House of Jacobus, Ivy
Kenny Ball Antiques, Ivy Square
UVA Art Museum
McGuffey Art Center
Virginia Discovery Museum for Children
Walton's Mountain Museum