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Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Charlottesville

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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 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. Use our Charlottesville vacation planner to add Thomas Jefferson Foundation and other attractions to your Charlottesville vacation plans.
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  • Absolutely great behind the scene tour. Extremely knowledgeable guide. The hour and a half house tour flew by ! Highly recommend going and taking the tour well worth the $60.00 per person.  more »
  • The vistas from the property are breathtaking. We can't wait to return in the Fall when the leaves are changing. The tour of the home was fascinating. We also toured with the garden guide and listened...  more »
  • Went to visit Monticello....was very nice surrounding property and buildings. Went to visitors center, bought some preserves, etc. - very tasty preserves, etc.!  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.
  • Amazing place and management.
  • 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.