University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA...a public research university founded by Thomas Jefferson. Conceived by 1800 and established in 1819, it is the only university in the US to be designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, an honor it shares with nearby Monticello. The University is one of the eight original Public Ivies. If you are in the Washington, DC area, take a day trip to see Monticello and UVA. Eat at Michie Tavern for an authentic look at colonial building and costume.