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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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  • This is a must see for adults and children if you want to understand the roots of our country. I have been many times over the last 15 years since I moved from Chicago to Charlottesville. The tours ha...  more »
  • So glad we took the time to take this tour. We had the most knowledgeable tour guide. The gift shop before you board the shuttle bus had so many lovely items. A must for all to see if you're ever in V...  more »
  • Owned by a Foundation since 1929, Thos. Jefferson's home is being faithfully restored, architecturally, to its state in the early 1800's from the time that he retired as our 3rd President. TJ's fascin...  more »