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Monticello, Charlottesville

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#1 of 393 in Parks in Virginia
World heritage site · Garden · Historic Site
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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.
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  • Easy to get around, great tour guides, beautiful surroundings. They make it easy for travelers. The house is full of original and period pieces. Well worth the visit. 
    Easy to get around, great tour guides, beautiful surroundings. They make it easy for travelers. The house is full of original and period pieces. Well worth the visit.  more »
  • We recently visited VA and wanted to see Monticello. What a disappointment to see that you're unable to simply drive by and take pictures of the exterior. I understand that money is needed to keep... 
    We recently visited VA and wanted to see Monticello. What a disappointment to see that you're unable to simply drive by and take pictures of the exterior. I understand that money is needed to keep...  more »
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  • Monticello is a beautiful and educational place to visit. Our family had a great time despite some rain the day we visited. Touring the house is fun and you learn something new each time you enter the halls Thomas Jefferson once walked. We loved walking the gardens and enjoying the mountain views. All the information you gather from the lives of the people who called Monticello home, helps us understand the impact those individuals had on the history of our country. A must visit historic site for everyone, from history buffs to kids.
  • Amazing experience. Would have liked to see more of the house for the price especially during the pandemic. Only got to walk the downstairs. Also only 30% of all the items in the home are original and owned by Jefferson. House and property are beautiful and the views are amazing. Definitely worth a visit. Love that they are creating a more visual and respectful place for the slaves of the time and giving them the rightful acknowledgment of their amazing contribution as well. Overall, worth a visit. Great stories and a wonderful part of history.

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