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10/03/2017 04:23 pm ET Updated Oct 04, 2017

Come On Down To Cville: HuffPost’s Listen To America Tour Stops In Virginia

Charlottesville has been home to two presidents.

Charlottesville, Virginia, often referred to as Cville, has long proved its place in America’s history.

The city was once the home of both Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe (the former’s mountain-top plantation Monticello ― which includes a mansion and rebuilt slave quarters ― borders the city). Additionally, Charlottesville made headlines in August when it was the site of the now-infamous “Unite the Right” rally. One person was killed and others were injured when the contentious white supremacist rally clashed with counterprotesters. 

HuffPost is hitting the road this fall to interview people about their hopes, dreams, fears ― and what it means to be American today.

The city stands strong and thrives despite the hardships it has seen. It’s home to Shenandoah National Park, several breweries, the prestigious University of Virginia and much more. 

HuffPost set up shop at the University of Virginia’s McIntire Ampitheatre during its 25-city Listen To America tour to talk to locals about what they love most about Cville. Take a look at some of the Virginia goodness we experienced:

  • The HuffPost bus sits in front of the Robert E. Lee statue, which is covered in plastic, in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Sep
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    The HuffPost bus sits in front of the Robert E. Lee statue, which is covered in plastic, in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Sept. 26, 2017.
  • HuffPost sets up tents at the McIntire Amphitheatre at the University of Virginia.
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    HuffPost sets up tents at the McIntire Amphitheatre at the University of Virginia.
  • HuffPost staffers gather before they meet with members of the community.
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    HuffPost staffers gather before they meet with members of the community.
  • HuffPost visits the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
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    HuffPost visits the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
  • Hanzhang Li, a student at the University of Virginia, works on her laptop while she waits to talk to HuffPost.
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    Hanzhang Li, a student at the University of Virginia, works on her laptop while she waits to talk to HuffPost.
  • The rotunda at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
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    The rotunda at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
  • Nick Schaffer photobombs Lars Thorn.
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    Nick Schaffer photobombs Lars Thorn.
  • Maggie Servais and Kate Bellows chat during HuffPost's visit to the University of Virginia.
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    Maggie Servais and Kate Bellows chat during HuffPost's visit to the University of Virginia.
  • HuffPost visits the University of Virginia.
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    HuffPost visits the University of Virginia.
  • Students study and go to class at the University of Virginia.
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    Students study and go to class at the University of Virginia.
  • Students walk to class at the University of Virginia.
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    Students walk to class at the University of Virginia.
  • Students walk to class at the University of Virginia.
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    Students walk to class at the University of Virginia.
  • HuffPost drives to IX Art Park in Charlottesville.
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    HuffPost drives to IX Art Park in Charlottesville.
  • HuffPost visits IX Art Park.
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    HuffPost visits IX Art Park.
  • Marina Fang interviews Aaliyah Turner during HuffPost's visit to IX Art Park in Charlottesville.
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    Marina Fang interviews Aaliyah Turner during HuffPost's visit to IX Art Park in Charlottesville.
  • HuffPost visits IX Art Park in Charlottesville.
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    HuffPost visits IX Art Park in Charlottesville.
  • Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer is interviewed by Lauren Moraski on the HuffPost bus.
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    Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer is interviewed by Lauren Moraski on the HuffPost bus.
  • HuffPost visits IX Art Park in Charlottesville.
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    HuffPost visits IX Art Park in Charlottesville.
  • Raymond Goffin and Phil Lewis play Jumbo Jenga during HuffPost's visit to IX Art Park.
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    Raymond Goffin and Phil Lewis play Jumbo Jenga during HuffPost's visit to IX Art Park.
  • Raymond Goffin gestures after he loses a game of Jumbo Jenga.
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    Raymond Goffin gestures after he loses a game of Jumbo Jenga.
  • Jolie Doggett shows off a sticker during the HuffPost visit to IX Art Park.
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    Jolie Doggett shows off a sticker during the HuffPost visit to IX Art Park.
  • Robyn Malcolm and Marc Janks speak to Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer.
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    Robyn Malcolm and Marc Janks speak to Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer.
  • Robyn Malcolm is interviewed by CBS 19 during HuffPost's visit to IX Art Park in Charlottesville.
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    Robyn Malcolm is interviewed by CBS 19 during HuffPost's visit to IX Art Park in Charlottesville.
  • The HuffPost team relaxes on the bus after its visit to Charlottesville.
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    The HuffPost team relaxes on the bus after its visit to Charlottesville.
  • "HuffPost was here" is written in chalk on a wall in IX Art Park.
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    "HuffPost was here" is written in chalk on a wall in IX Art Park.
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