The Silver Thatch Inn is conveniently located in historic Albemarle County, just minutes away from downtown and the main campus of the University of Virginia, making it ideal forCharlottesville vacationsand visits to the University. The area is home to three of our Founding Fathers, each estate boasting fantastic gardens and grounds to explore. Thomas Jefferson's “Monticello”, James Madison’s “Montpelier”, and James Monroe’s “Ashlawn-Highland” offer history and beauty. Nature lovers will enjoy the scenery from the famous Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway. The fall foliage is legendary! Outdoor enthusiasts will find the Albemarle countryside perfect for hiking, biking, and fishing. Several spectacular golf courses offer breathtaking vistas, and will challenge your game. The countryside around Albemarle County is beautiful any time of year. For an exciting adventure and dramatic perspective, you may want to try hot air ballooning by the Blue Ridge Balloon Company.If a more leisurely pace appeals to you, the Charlottesville area abounds with wonderful craft and antique shops with some well-known craft shows scheduled throughout the year. Calm jagged nerves and rejuvenate your energy with a choice of special packages and “quick getaways.” Jog the neighborhood walking paths, swim in the pool, relax on the patio, do something, or do nothing. Excellent day spas are located nearby to pamper yourself with a hot stone massage, or you may want to work out stressed muscles at the local ACAC gym. We’ll make all the arrangements.Virginia’s Piedmont Area is fast becoming the Napa Valley of the East Coast, with many wines earning top awards, and vineyard vistas that make your heart sing. For more information about our local Virginia wineries, be sure to visit the Web site of the Monticello Wine Trail. There is also a rapidly growing Craft Beer Trail and several hard cideries.Charlottesville's beautifully restored Paramount Theater offers the finest in diversified legitimate theater performances year round. The Charlottesville Pavilion offers live music outdoors featuring artists like The Marshall Tucker Band, John Fogarty, Loretta Lynn, and Willie Nelson. Live theater is also offered by Live Arts and The Charlottesville Center for the Performing Arts. The John Paul Jones Arena hosts many world-class concerts and events throughout the year. For More Information, try:Monticello AvenueCharlottesville/Albemarle Convention and Visitors BureauThe Charlottesville City Home pageThe Albemarle County Home PageWe will be pleased to assist you in planning your visit with us. We would like to make your stay a memorable one that you will want to repeat.
1780, 1812, 1937, 1985
An Historical Setting ...The Silver Thatch Inn is one of the oldest historic Virginia homes in the central part of Virginia, dating back to 1780. The Inn is a charming clapboard home originally built by Hessian soldiers captured during the Revolutionary War at the Battle of Saratoga, NY, and marched south to Charlottesville. They built a two-story log cabin on the site of a former Indian settlement, and this section of the house is now known as the Hessian Room.The English Room, in the center part of the Inn, was added in 1812 and served for fifty years as a private boys' school. Above the English room is the Jefferson guest room, the oldest guest room in the Inn, which served as a dormitory for the boys’ school. After the Civil War, the property passed through several hands, serving as a tobacco plantation, a melon farm, and a dairy farm. In 1937, the Inn and its 300 acres were purchased by B.F.D. Runk, Dean of the University of Virginia for many years. Dean Runk added two bedrooms, one for himself and one for his sister, which are now known as the Madison and Monroe guest rooms on the second floor, and the Hollymead room and bar on the first floor.In 1984, the President's Cottage was added to complement the Main House. Separating the two (which are divided by a small patio) the Inn offers a total of seven well appointed guest rooms. The Sunroom was added in 1984 as well, and serves as our breakfast room. It is also perfect for business meetings and special celebrations.
The Hessian Room is the oldest room in the Inn, built in 1780. Inn guests may enjoy games, resources, and relaxation in the Hessian Room.
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