'Road to Revolution' Rolls Through Charlottesville
Virginia's Road to Revolution Heritage Trail is growing, and could pump more tourism dollars into the Charlottesville area.
State lawmakers, along with public and private sector tourism leaders, announced Thursday the trail is doubling in size and launching a new media campaign to bring more people to Virginia. It will encompass 20 different historic sites across the commonwealth dating back to the period surrounding the Revolutionary War.
Two historic sites in the Charlottesville area, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and James Monroe's Ash Lawn-Highland, are two new additions to the trail. Ash Lawn-Highland Executive Director Sara Bon-Harper says this is a perfect opportunity to increase awareness of lesser known pieces of Virginia history like Ash Lawn-Highland.
"Ash Lawn-Highland is a fairly small historic site, but it's a lovely one and it has a lot to offer," she said. "So partnering with these other sites in the state seems like a very good idea in terms of raising awareness."
Delegate Chris Peace, the trail's founder, says the timing of the announcement should help boost tourism along the trail this year.
"We know that travelers start planning in the spring, they come in the summer and fall," he said, "and there's no more beautiful place to be than Charlottesville in the fall."
Peace says this is also a way for lawmakers often divided along party lines to come together for the common purpose of promoting the state they love.
"We get criticized a lot at the Capitol for partisan bickering," Peace said. "This is a bipartisan venture that's across the commonwealth, and we're working together to make Virginia a place for tourism."
For more information, check out the Road to Revolution Heritage Trail's website, Facebook page or Twitter account.