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Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, 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's 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. Use our Charlottesville vacation planner to add Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and other attractions to your Charlottesville vacation plans.
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  • Highly recommend to everyone to visit someday - the drive is beautiful, the views from the top are inspiring, and the home and the man are fascinating. If you plan to go on a weekend or holiday I woul...  more »
  • Jefferson was a very creative man. The house was interesting to see many of the innovations he had developed. The property is beautiful with beautiful views. Its too bad he was such a poor money manag...  more »
  • We have been to Monticello many times and love it and the view each time. The Docents are knowledgable and add to the visit. The views of the rolling hills of Virginia, the apple orchards, farm and Ch...  more »