Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Charlottesville

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#1 of 210 in Parks in Virginia
For an in-depth look at the private life of the third president of the United States, take a behind-the-scenes tour of Thomas Jefferson Foundation. 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 Thomas Jefferson Foundation and other attractions to your Charlottesville trip itinerary using our Charlottesville tour planner .
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  • After visiting many historical sites and museums in Virginia we stopped at Monticello. It was our favorite! We bought our tickets online so all we had to do upon arriving was exchange them for our hou...  more »
  • Montecello is a wonderful place to visit! So much history. Be certain and take the slave tour. The guides are awesome, ours was a history professor. Don’t miss Jefferson’s grave.  more »
  • We had a fabulous tour with Guide Bob Hughes, who was extremely knowledgeable about Monticello. It was fascinating to see how people lived over 200 years ago. The gardens are interesting and should no...  more »
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  • The Thomas Jefferson Foundation is a private nonprofit corporation established in 1923. The foundation owns, operates, and preserves Thomas Jefferson's home Monticello and is involved in many educational programs.
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  • Excellent place to learn about the life of our 3rd President and his home he had built and what went on here during his life.

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