For the last 400 years, everyone has wanted to come to Virginia! It started with the Spanish tromping through looking for gold in 1540. Around 1584, the English, led by Sir Walter Raleigh, around 1584 were chasing Spanish treasure ships as privateer’s and were looking for a base of operations so Raleigh sponsored settlers to form a colony in an area that was named by Queen Elizabeth I as Virginia, she was known as “The Virgin Queen” after all. Well that attempt didn’t work and became known as “The Lost Colony”. But then in 1607 Jamestown was founded named after the new King of England, James I. For the next couple hundred years Englishmen and other Northern Europeans have been coming to Virginia to enjoy the climate, beautiful open lands and prosperous living. Today Virginia tourism can trace their guest from all over the World.
The Virginia Commonwealth can be separated into three distinct areas; the tide water (area abutting the Atlantic Ocean/ Chesapeake Bay) the Piedmont (Area between the Sea and Mountains) and then the Mountains.
The Ebenezer House Bed and Breakfast is located in the Central Piedmont Area tucked into the foothills of The Blue Ridge Mountains, in the greater Charlottesville area. A stopping point along a Indian hunting path in the early 1700’s, it was formed in 1762 and named in honor of Princess Charlotte the wife of King George III.
Home to 3 of the first 5 Presidents, and founding fathers, their preserved historic homes are open to visitors.
Then just 36 years after the creation of the United States Central Virginia again became a crucible of historic changes, the Civil War. The Northern Army of the Potomac and the Army of Virginia fought each other up and down the State of Virginia.
Today the commonwealth of Virginia, and cities of Charlottesville, Orange and Culpepper are thriving tourist destinations. Also home to The University of Virginia, many vineyards, brewery’s, local events and many of the cultural and outdoor activities of larger cities.
The Ebenezer House is located 1/10 of a mile off of U.S Route 29, which gives you a quick, easy access to traveling to Culpeper, Charlottesville, Madison, Greene, Orange, and Albemarle Counties.
Did you know the government stores their movies/films at the State Theatre, Packard Campus in Culpepper? You can view these films for free. Check the website for a monthly listing of the films to be shown.
Wine, Beer, Cider & Distilleries
Thomas Jefferson recognized that the Central Virginia climate was ideal for growing grape vines and he loved his French wines, so he tried to start a vineyard but failed. George Washington was the largest distiller in the country at the time. Moonshine NASCAR and the Virginia Appalachian Mountains all go hand in hand. Virginia and alcohol have a long history and today they’ve got it right we have some of the best wine, beer, cider and whiskey there is.
The following are local wineries and Vineyards that offer the guest at Ebenezer House Bed & Breakfast free wine tasting coupons:
- Honah Lee Vineyard
- Reynard Florence Vineyard
- Old House Vineyards
- Horton Vineyard
- Early Mountain Vineyards
- Barboursville Vineyards
- Chateau Merrill Anne Vineyards
- Narmada Winery
- Keswick Vineyards
- Du Card Vineyards
- Prince Michel Vineyards
Other Vineyards of note:
For the safety of our guest, we highly recommend an expert wine tasting tour company, we recommend Central Virginia Wine Tours. They are close to our B&B and they always provide great service.
The tour company also provides tours to breweries, cider houses, and distilleries
To-do, To-shop & To-go
The Bavarian Chef
The Bavarian Chef has actually been endorsed by some of our guests from Bavaria, Germany! Great food and virtually impossible to finish your serving! The Bavarian Chef is located on Route 29 just a minute or two north of the Ebenezer House. Reservations are recommended so please call ahead.
Rhett’s River Grill & Raw Bar
Feel like some raw oysters or other great seafood and steaks? Good food, great service and a cozy atmosphere! Rhett's is located about 10 +/- minute’s south, on east side of Route 29, at 2335 Seminole Trail, Suite 100 Charlottesville, VA 22901.
The Market at Grelen
This is the place for lunch while touring the wineries, right in the middle of them all. Casual café, entertainment and gifts. Just a few minutes 15091 Yager Rd, off Jacksontown Rd off Rt231. Check web site for details.
The menu is a la carte and changes often to highlight the seasons of the local Virginia farmer.Jack’s Shop Kitchen calls home the former Ferguson Tractor Showroom, circa 1940. Later a manufacturing plant for Wrangler brand jeans, the building now hosts antique dealers on the floors above and below the restaurant. Just 3 minutes South on RT 29, 14843 Spotswood Trail in Ruckersville (434)939-9239
Almost all fast foods and many local dinners are located just a minute or so south in Ruckersville. Ruckersville is the intersection of Rt33 and Rt29. Burgers, Subs, Pizza, and Sandwich’s.
Mad Arts, Madison Arts Exchange
7353 Seminole Trail – Rt-29
Rochelle, VA 22738
Home to over 200 local artists in the central Virginia and Madison County areas, and features a large variety of disciplines and one - of – a – kind art.
Yoders Country Market
2105 S. Seminole Trail, Rt-29
Madison, VA 22727
Café – Grocery – Deli – Baked Goods, Where Good Things Come Naturally
2705 S Seminole Trail, Rt-29
Madison, VA 22727
Great local grown produce and flowers (we use their produce for your breakfast).
5309 S Seminole Trail, Rt-29
Madison, VA 22727
Gracing Your Life, Home & Garden Home, Fountain and Water Feature Experts
The Market at Grelen
15091 Yager Rd.
Somerset, VA 22972
Casual Café, Concerts, Workshops, Flowers, Plants, Gardening Gifts, Tours, Local Beer, Cider & Wine
Plow & Hearth Outlet Store
49 Commerce Ln.
Rochelle, VA 22738 (540) 948.5412
Bargains on Clothing, Home Accents, Yard & Garden Items and Furniture
Antiques Shopping in Ruckersville VA.
Many antique stores centered around the intersection of RT33 and RT29. Gift shopping in Gordonsville and Orange VA. Many boutique gift, clothing and bake shops are located in these two quaint towns
Grocery, Drug and Big Box stores National and Reginal stores are located with-in minutes up and down RT29
Movies, Theater, Concerts, Live Arts
The Best live Music In Charlottesville.
The Paramount Theater
A non-Profit community theater located in downtown Charlottesville
Movie, a drink and dinner all at one place.
Regal Cinemas Stonefield
Movies with multiple screens.
Associations and Other Helpful Links
Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia
Culpeper Chamber of Commerce
Inns at Montpelier
James Madison’s Montpelier Foundation
Madison County Chamber of Commerce
Madison County Historical Society
Historic Sites in the Area:
The greater Charlottesville area is steeped in historical events and the homes of the men who created them; Monticello the home of Thomas Jefferson, Founding Father, 3rd President, Governor of Virginia to name just a few of his many titles and the author of the Declaration of Independence. Montpelier the home of James Madison, 4th President, Delegate, Secretary of State during Jefferson’s term and Father of the Constitution. Ash Lawn-Highland the home of James Monroe, 5th President, Governor of Virginia, Secretary of State during Madison’s term, advocate of a foreign policy that later would be named “The Monroe Doctrine”.
Then just 36 years later Central Virginia again became a crucible of historic changes, the Civil War. The Northern Army of the Potomac and the Army of Virginia fought each other up and down the State of Virginia. Throughout the war they continued to battle each other, creating famous battle fields in the area as they went, with names like; The 1st and 2nd Battles of Bull Run, Battle of the Wildness and Chancellorsville, New Market, Battle of Seven Pines, The Seven Days Battles and many others finally ending at Appomattox Courthouse. The web sites listed below will provide the details which are too numerous to list in this brief introduction.
The following web site provide details, address, web links and phone numbers to most of the nearby historical site and some state wide locations:
- Cedar Mountain Battlefield
- Culpeper Court House
- Culpeper National Cemetery
- Graffiti House
- Brandy Station Battlefield
- Kelly’s Ford Battlefield
- Museum of Culpeper History
- Virginia Morton, Civil War Guided Tour of Culpeper
- James Madison's Montpelier
- The James Madison Museum
- Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
- Civil War Museum at the Exchange Hotel
- Wilderness Battlefield
- University of Virginia
- Michie Tavern
- Civil War Traveler
- Journey Through Hallowed Ground
Hiking alone is almost an endless activity here in Central Virginia and one of the best ways to enjoy the beautiful Virginia geology. There are many trails to choose from; These web sites will hook you up with just the right level of difficulty, from a leisurely stroll around a historic site or scampering up a rock wall while going up a mountain to a water falls.
Don’t want to hike but still want to get out and enjoy the great Virginia outdoors? We got you covered too, you can; float, paddle, horseback ride or skydive.
Rafting, Canoeing, Kayaking or Tubing
Horseback trail Rides
Or get your feet off the ground
There are a lot of activities and events in the area. You will find it hard to decide what to do first! Please visit the following links for specific information:
Here in Madison we have lots of things to do, best to check these sites
Or just a few minutes from the Ebenezer House
- Orange County Virginia
- Montpelier Wine Festival
- Montpelier Hunt Races
- Fall Fiber Festival & Montpelier Sheep Dog Trials
- Virginia Festival of the Book
- Virginia Film Festival
- Virginia Garden Week
Family Fun Activities
There is so much going on in our area that it is impossible to list and update them all. So we have provided web site links to some of the organizations that sponsor them.
There are also family activities just a couple of minutes up the road.
Mad Arts, Madison Arts Exchange
Mad Youth Art Lab
Mad Arts is home to over 200 local artists in the central Virginia and Madison County areas, and features a large variety of disciplines and one - of – a – kind art.
The Highlands Golf Park
Driving Range and Miniature Golf. Featuring:
- Putting Green
- Pitching & Chipping Areas
- Club Rentals
- Practice Sand Bunkers
- Uneven Lie Practice Area
- LPGA Class A Teaching Professional – Gretchen Scheuermann
Yoder’s Country Market
Café – Grocery – Deli – Baked Goods – Petting Zoo