|Looking NW from Carter Mountain, Fall 2011|
Within minutes of the Inn are some historically important (and spectacular) Blue Ridge foothills, Montalto and Carter Mountain. Montalto, the mountain next to Monticello, rises 410 feet above its neighbor, with a total elevation of 1,278 feet. Thomas Jefferson purchased it in 1777 from Edward Carter and held it until the time of his death in 1826. Carter Mountain (named after Edward's family) is next to Montalto and is best known today for its vineyards and its apple and peach orchards. In 1781, Carter Mountain served as Virginia Governor Jefferson's escape route when the British tried to capture him at Monticello. The views looking north, west and east from both Montalto and Carter Mountain are spectacular.
|The Rose River, near White Oak Falls/Canyon and Old Rag Mountain, Spring 2010|