For an in-depth look at the private life of the third president of the United States, take a behind-the-scenes tour of Monticello. Jefferson built this estate after inheriting land from his father, eventually creating a vast plantation used primarily for cultivation of tobacco and mixed crops. Utilizing slave labor, Jefferson later switched his production from tobacco to wheat. The main house sits on the summit of a 260 m (850 ft) mountain peak, featuring design elements popular in late 18th-century Europe. The surrounding grounds include several historical outbuildings, including a nailery, slave quarters, and rooms Jefferson used for his plant breeding experiments. Check online for upcoming events and available tours. Add Monticello and other attractions to your Charlottesville trip itinerary using our Charlottesville tour planner .
I live near Charlottesville and in recent years I have gone about once a year. (Nearly people go free with a full paying guest!) monticello is finally owning its African American past. Sally Hemings r... more »
Sign up for the extended house tour. So comprehensive from knowledgeable guide. Be sure to check out new exhibition on Sally Hemmings history with Jefferson. Absolutely gorgeous site. more »
This was an amazing surprise! I honestly was not expecting much from visiting this place. I was expecting a lot of self guided tours, and what I received was much much more! The guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. I even tested his knowledge of the items in the rooms by pointing at drawing Jackson did that were on the wall asking "what is this?" quite a bit. He never even paused before an explanation of what I pointed at was! I was truly blown away at the level of detail and commitment this individual had put into the history of Jackson and his house. This is a wonderful place to visit and I hope anyone who has said to themselves "I should go there some day" really goes and enjoys this bit of American History. The tour plus the self guided portion took my family and me 6 and a half hours. You can spend less time here if you don't do the guided tour and take advantage of shuttles more so you can move around faster. Lots of walking I recommend comfy shoes 😁.
This is almost a full day, with various tours and subject matter. There is a bus to take visitors up the mountain. It runs every 10 minutes and makes the journey easier. Tours are mindful about accuracy and it is another opportunity to visit important history. Beautiful grounds and well worth taking the path down the mountain at the end. No photos allowed inside Monticello but you can take many of the grounds.
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