Carter Mountain

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Carter Mountain (also referred to as "Carter's Mountain") is among the more prominent peaks of the Southwest Mountains which includes Fan Mountain, Brush Mountain, Peters Mountain, Walton's Mountain, and Hightop Mountain. The Southwest Mountain range is centered on Charlottesville, parallel to and geologically associated with the Blue Ridge Mountains, which lie about 30 miles to the west.

Home to a large number of transmission antennas


Montalto (also know as Brown's Mountain) is a part of the Carters Mountain range, adjacent to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. Montalto, which means "High mountain" and is of Italian origin. Montalto's elevation is 1,278 feet and it rises 410 feet above Monticello. Monticello means "hillock" or "little mountain" in Italian. In 1777, Jefferson purchased 483 acres of land on the mountain from Edward Carter, the second son of John Carter, who had received the land from King George II as his Colonial Secretary. Following Jefferson's death, the land was inherited by his daughter, Martha Jefferson Randolph. In 1950, the property was purchased by Lois and Nelson Brown, for whom it was named for many years. In 1974, the Browns sold the property. The Thomas Jefferson Foundation acquired it in 2004, and it is once again called Montalto.

Southwest Mountains Rural Historic District

Carter Mountain Apple Orchard

Carter Mountain Apple Orchard is part of a 10,000-acre land grant to the Carter Family from House of Burgesses and referred to often by Thomas Jefferson in his writings. Located adjacent to Monticello, the farm has been a working commercial orchard for more than 100 years. Owners include Cynthia Chiles.

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