Hoos In Whoville
Surely you have heard of the Dr. Seuss classic How The Grinch Stole Christmas, but did you know that the Wahoos in Charlottesville served as inspiration for the Whos in Whoville? Like Lighting of the Lawn, this legend is a UVA tradition – a story that students and alumni love to tell.
According to legend, after applying and being rejected to UVA three times, Dr. Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, moved to Charlottesville. He resided in the well-known Lewis Mountain House, located on a hill overlooking Charlottesville. He chose this location so he could “look down” on the school that denied him multiple times. This house, which overlooks the Hoos’ day to day life, could have easily served as inspiration for the Grinch’s home on Mount Crumpit, the mountain north of the town of Whoville. While Dr. Seuss spells W-H-O-S in W-H-O-VILLE differently than the H-O-O-S in H-O-O-VILLE + Charlottes-VILLE, there are enough similarities for both Wahoo and Dr. Seuss fans to connect this story with Charlottesville.
The Lewis Mountain House – often compared to Monticello – can be seen from most places in the City of Charlottesville due to its location. Next time you’re on Grounds, look up and wave hello to the house where the Grinch once lived!
Despite this Christmas legend being just a legend, many Wahoos like to tell the story that connect them to the people of Whoville – the town that inspired the Grinch’s heart to grow three sizes while helping him understand the true meaning of Christmas.
For many, thinking about Christmas in July may seem as crazy as this legend. But, it’s never too early to start planning. The newest Grinch movie is coming out in November 2018 – don’t let the Grinch steal your holiday plans this year! Whether you are planning a holiday luncheon for the office or a hosted holiday happy hour with friends, contact us today to book your December holiday party or January Jubilee at Red Pump Kitchen.
Photo Credit: Ross McDermott