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Meet the President’s along the Journey Through Hallowed Ground, a fascinating 180-mile National Scenic Byway where the historic sites just keep coming, as you travel between Charlottesville, Virginia and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  The journey begins at Monticello, the home of President Thomas Jefferson.  Construction on his Little Mountain began in 1769 and completed in 1809.  Monticello overlooked the University of Virginia, founded by Jefferson, where the Academical Village remains virtually unchanged since Jefferson’s days. President James Monroe’s home at Ash Lawn-Highland is next, followed by President Theodore Roosevelt’s Pine Knot, which served as a rural retreat from Washington, DC. After passing the Barboursville Ruins, designed by Jefferson for the Governor of Virginia, you’ll come upon President James Madison’s Montpelier which has been completely restored to Madison’s time in residence. A five-mile driving tour of President Ulysses Grant’s actions at the Battle of the Wilderness is followed by Culpeper, Virginia, designed by President George Washington. Next up, President James Monroe other residence, Oak Hill in Loudoun County, Virginia, followed by Camp David, the traditional Presidential retreat and finally the Eisenhower National Historic Site and the Gettysburg National Battlefield where President Abraham Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address.